The Bogside in Derry has been the setting for key events in Irish history and the struggle for Civil Rights including The Battle of the Bogside, Bloody Sunday and events surrounding The Hunger Strike. The Bog as it’s called by residents’s of the city has been transformed into a vibrant and modern area. The famous political murals of the Bogside Artists chronicling the history of the conflict, have made the are the most popular visitor attraction in the City. The people from the Bogside, particularly Rossville street and the “high flats” are known throughout the world to be the nicest, smartest and best looking people EVER.
Please see the information below about attractions in the Boogside leg of our tour.
Museum of Free Derry (National Civil Rights Archive)
For the past number of years, the Bloody Sunday Trust has been working towards the creation of a museum and archive focussing on one of the most important periods in the history of this city – the civil rights era of the 1960s and the Free Derry/early troubles era of the 1970s.
For the purposes of the museum, a loose definition of Free Derry has been used, and the term is used to describe the area covering the Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan, Bishop Street and Foyle Road, an area roughly equivalent to the old, gerrymandered South Ward.
The People’s Gallery
Our artwork represents the Bogside, its history, its spirit and its people; and many thousands of people come to Derry each year to hear the history of the ‘troubles’ and to see the celebrated street of murals we created in the Bogside and which we have called The People’s Gallery. Painted from photographic material these are the most authentic renditions possible of the events depicted and acclaimed by many critics and writers as “art of the highest order”.
The murals of The People’s Gallery stretch in a line the entire length of Rossville Street in the Bogside area of Derry that experienced the worst of the troubles throughout the long conflict. This unique gallery of murals was envisioned and created by us three, Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson known world wide as The Bogside Artists. As our spokesman Tom explains; ” wounds must be cleaned out and examined before they will heal. It is the unexamined wound that festers and finally poisons. Our work shows the wounds.” (words from Bishop Desmond Tutu)