Derry City – I’ll be Back

John Mee photographyI was in the city of Derry during the year. It’s a beautiful place full of history, with great things to do and see. The locals are awesome. I’ll definitely be back!

If you visit, be sure to take one of the guided tours of the city walls. I learned more Irish history on this 40 minute walk than I did during my many years at school.

I took a picture of the Bogside. The Bogside is a mainly Catholic area.
The cemetery to the top left serves both the Catholic and Protestant communities. According to our tour guide, in this cemetery, not only are the two communities divided in death by a wall above the ground, but they are also divided by a wall below the ground.

There are some very sad stories behind every single mural in the photo, especially The death of Innocence one featuring the schoolgirl, Annette McGavigan. (Google for her – no, really, google for her!)
It’s hard to look down on this apparently ordinary piece of urban landscape and not be moved. I know I was. 🙁
Of course, the same can be said for all the other “ordinary pieces of urban landscape” in this fabulous city.
Thankfully nowadays, the city is full of positivity and trying hard to make this a beautiful place for the folk who live there, and for those who visit.

The picture is quite big. Just click this link and hit the magnification glass on the cursor to see it bigger.

It’s not for sale or download. I just wanted to share it. If you do like it, let me know. And, be sure to visit this city. Thanks for reading this far.


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  1. Terry Reply

    Yes John, Derry has had its share of misery and heartache over the years. Us Irish-Americans back in the States that have followed the ‘Troubles’ since back in the 70’s hold Derry very close to our hearts. It is a special city with wonderful, vibrant people. Thank you for your work ! As always you seem to see things other miss… a wonderful attribute for a photographer. My wife and I have travelled to the Westport area 13 times armed with Nikons and a vintage 1948 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B to eat, drink (Matt Molloy’s and Campbells Pub in Murrisk ) and take photos. Peace….Terry and Hazel Conner, New Jersey

  2. Jim Dougherty Reply

    John, my wife and I were there just a month ago for the first time. I recall the feeling I had looking from the wall over the Bog and at the murals. I remember listening to the news about the “Troubles” as a young adult, and now it has become even more meaningful having recently learned my family emmigrated from the Derry area many years ago. We did take the walking tour, and the guide we had was understandably proud of the progress Derry has made in the last 10 years. The City story is truly remarkable and instructive, and the City itself is just beautiful This is a great picture and thanks for sharing it,

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