Bogside Murals

The Bogside Murals were first started in 1993 by the Bogside Artists®, a group of 3 artists Tom and William Kelly, and Kevin Hasson. They represent the people of the Bogside and their history of seeking justice and democratic rights. There are now a total of twelve large scale murals on the walls in Rossville street;

Petrol Bomber, 1994, shows a scene from the battle of the Bogside of a young boy in a gas mask holding a petrol bomb.

Bernadette, 1996, pictures Bernadette McAliskey addressing the crowds in the street during the battle of the Bogside.

Bloody Sunday, 1997, shows a group of men carrying the body of Jack Duddy, led by a Catholic priest later to become Bishop Daly during Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Commemoration, 1999, it shows the portraits of the 14 people killed in Bloody Sunday and 14 oak leaves(Doire, Irish for Derry means oak grove) 1 for each of the victims.

Death of Innocence, 1999, shows Annette McGavigan who was killed by a British Soldier when she was 14.

Hunger Strike, 2000, shows Raymond McCartney(from Derry) during the hunger strikes, his picture was smuggled out of the Maze prison and helped tell the story of the grief and suffering of the inmates.

Operation Motorman, 2001, depicts one of the events of operation motorman on 31 July 1972.

The Saturday Matinee, 2001, depicts one of the many riots that happened in the Bogside, its name comes from the fact that many of them happened on Saturday afternoons.

Civil Rights, 2004, commemorates the beginning of the struggle for democratic rights, shows a typical march from the late sixties that were inspired by the civil disobedience campaigns of Martin Luther King.

Peace Mural, 2004, shows a symbol of peace to represent the end of the troubles when peace finally came.

The Runner, depicts a typical scene from the troubles of tear gas being used and people running from it, it is meant as a reminder to young people of the dangers of civil conflict. It also contains portraits of 2 youngsters that were killed in the troubles, Manus Deery and Charles Love.

A Tribute to John Hume, 2008, a tribute to John Hume who campaigned for Catholics rights and shared a Noble prize with David Trimble for his work in bring peace to Northern Ireland. His portrait is painted alongside other noble peace prize winners; Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa.

The Bogside Murals are known throughout the world and are visited by thousands of people every year. They are essential viewing for any visitors that is interested in the troubles or civil rights, tours of the murals are available and are strongly recommended to learn the full story behind each mural.



Bogside
The Bogside is a Catholic/Republican residential area just outside the walls, it was the site of several significant events of the troubles, Including The battle of the Bogside that started the troubles and Bloody Sunday. When the walled city was founded the area was a marshland that was only passible on foot in a few places, over the years that dried up and was a key area of expansion for the city when it outgrew the walls.
Free Derry Corner
In 1969 during the Free Derry civil rights movement, people of the Bogside declared the area as an autonomous nationalist area, “You are now entering Free Derry” was painted on the wall at the end of a row of houses to show this. It is now a free standing wall in the middle of the Bogside as a monument to the movement.
Museum of Free Derry
The Museum of Free Derry is a museum in the Bogside area of the city that focuses on the civil rights movement in Derry 1968-1972. It doesn’t just cover local events it also covers civil rights movements a massacres in other parts of the world, so that people can make comparisons.
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