The Diamond War Memorial was erected in 1927 to commemorate the citizens of the city that lost their lives in World War I.
It was built by charitable contributions. The memorial was designed by brothers Sydney and Vernon March. Minatures were also made that now are in St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry.
It would be fair to say that most Ulster murals (although not all) have a political statement to make. However, political statements come in various forms and these three in the Republican district of the Bogside are rather different. The first picture shows a mural commemorating the ten prisoners who died on hunger strike for the right to political status in 1981, the first named on the left (and the first to die), Bobby Sands, being an elected Member of Parliament at the time. This mural is of what might be called the 'traditional' type, depicting aspects of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland.
The second is a more 'general' statement - and maybe a little surprising because Che Guevara's Irish ancestry is probably not well known. The 40th anniversary of his death was in 2007.
The third is a kind of retrospective representation. The 'Bogside Artists' are group of three mural painters who began in 1993 to use the walls of Bogside buildings to depict prominent events and figures of the period of 'The Troubles' as historical events, the results being described as 'The People's Gallery'. This is arguably the most powerful of these images and probably the best known because it is based on a picture that went round the world. This is not the place to discuss the events of 'Bloody Sunday', 30th January 1972, but it will suffice to say that British Army troops opened fire and killed 13 civilians. The image is of Father Edward Daly attempting to escort one of the mortally wounded to safety.
History is, in theory, impartial. The way it is perceived is may not be. Whether you have a particular view of 'The Troubles' or none at all, the murals of the Bogside - and these are just a few - are something to see and reflect upon.
A "Bloody Sunday" memorial was erected in memory of the 14 Derry residents who were killed on that tragic Sunday, January 30th, 1972. The Memorial is situated in the Free Derry area of the Bogside, where the events of Bloody Sunday took place. Residents of the area regularly place fresh wreathes at the foot of the memorial, making it in important feature of the city.
The old walled city of Derry lies on the west bank of the River Foyle with the location of old Derry on the east bank, the present city now covers both banks (Cityside to the west and Waterside to the east) and the river is spanned by two bridges.
I too this picture as we were riding around in the rain, I believe it's the St. Augustine Church. I've searched on line to see if I can match this picture up with someone's pic with no avail. If anyone recognizes it as one with another name, please leave me a message - thanks.
The present War memorial was built in 1927 by the sculptor Vernon March. The figures represent the Navy and the Army and are overlooked by the winged Angel of Victory representing the Royal Air-force. The cenotaph in the Diamond is now a memorial to all those who died during World War I & II. Located in the center of the walled city, it is possible to see all four original gates from this location. Three former town-halls have resided in this position in the years 1625, 1692 and 1823. Then in 1904 there was a fire and a garden was placed there instead giving space for the memorial.
The Bogside Artists are the mural painters from Derry named Tom Kelly, his brother William Kelly, and Kevin Hasson who are responsible for the outdoor murals called the People's Gallery in the Bogside section of Derry. The murals document events and themes pertaining to the civil rights struggle during the troubles in Northern Ireland. As you walk down Rossville Street in Bogside you can see all the existing murals. There are more photos of the murals and other events in The Bogside Artists Studio at 46 William Street.
For more information on the murals try the link below.
This a neo-Gothic style building is the Guildhall. Many concert events and exhibitions are held here during the year, it serves as the civic and cultural center for the people of the Derry. It was built in 1887 by the Irish Society and an English organization to promote the colonization of the County of Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster. Sadly it was bombed in 1972 but repaired and opened again in 1977. The massive building is made of Drumbrese sandstone and marble with oak paneling and ornate ceilings. The stain-glass windows are considered the finest in Great Britian. The huge organ in the main hall is considered to be the finest in all of Europe.
"You Are Now Entering Free Derry" was painted in January 1969 by John Casey. It’s located on the corner of Lecky Road and Fahan Street in Bogside. The sign remains as an important symbol for Irish Nationalists.
Cruise on the River Foyle out into the Bay and back. DJ and dancing. Snacks sold at the bar (lower deck), beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, pub tables and chairs, pub atmosphere, suitable for children. Was raining when we cruised so we stayed indoors and viewed the banks from the windows, but you can cruise on the outdoor upper deck in good weather. You'll meet some interesting people. Local DJ on-board so we danced the night away with mostly college students. Board at the Pier; follow the signs. 4-hour cruise: 2 hours out and 2 hours back.
As soon as you cross Craigavon Bridge, on your way from the railway station, this lovely monument will definitely catch your attention. It's called ‘Hands across the Divide’ and is a work by Maurice Harron.
This is yet another mural, reflecting the spirit of the people here during the Troubles.
The "No Surrender" mural is right outside the city wall: "Londonderry west bank loyalists still under siege no surrender"
This is the most historic building in the city, built in 1633. Here you can admire marble monuments and stained glass.
Mon-Sat all year
Winter 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
This interesting building houses some of the finest examples of stained glass windows in Ireland.
Its name is a reminder of the connection with the London Guilds.
Walk along the top of the walls, admire fine buildings, interesting murals and sculptures...
The famous 17th-century walls have withstood several sieges.
There are 4 original gates (Bishop's Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Shipquay Gate and Butcher's Gate) and bastions. Three new gates (Magazine, Castle and New Gate) have been added.
There are canons throughout the Walls, particularly above Shipquay Gate. These were donated by the Guilds of London in 1649.