The Riverwatch Aquarium and a Dugout Canoe

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This small, and as its name might suggest, mainly freshwater aquarium is located on the outskirts of the city just a few minutes drive from the Craigavon Bridge, heading towards Strabane. Continue reading “The Riverwatch Aquarium and a Dugout Canoe”

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Hands Across the Divide

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In choosing a feature picture for introductory Derry review I choose a picture of this sculpture (the one above) as it is a memorial to nothing, a commemoration of nothing but rather a work that sides with nobody and asks one to look forward to the future with hope and high expectation. Continue reading “Hands Across the Divide”

War Memorial – On the Diamond

The square at the centre of the walled City of Derry, the point at which the four main streets from the four original city gates converge, is called the Diamond and is the former location of various civic buildings and a market. In fact, three former town halls were located here. In 1904 a fire in Austin’s Department store on the Diamond (the building behind the war Memorial in picture one attached) also destroyed the town hall from which point the Diamond then hosted a small garden. Continue reading “War Memorial – On the Diamond”

Free Derry Wall

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On 5 January 1969, some two hundred and eighty years after a lowly apprentice boy had shouted the immortal words, “No Surrender”, from Derry’s City Walls and slammed the city gates shut in the face of James IIs army, a local republican activist, John “Cacker” Casey, painted the equally immortal words “You are now entering Free Derry” on the gable wall of a house in the Bogside and the barricades went up. Continue reading “Free Derry Wall”