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Londonderry

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  • Day38

    Derry

    August 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Dimanche, 11 août 2019
    Un petit quart d'heure et nous sommes à Muff, fin du Wild Atlantic Way et début du Causeway Costal Route, soeur jumelle en Ireland du Nord. Derry, ville-frontière, nous accueille sur un parking du St-Columb-Park. L'histoire mouvementée de cette ville nous suit à chaque pas. La très récente passerelle “Peace Bridge" nous permet d'accéder en qq minutes la vieille-ville, complètement cernée par des remparts. La Guildhall, est un magnifique bâtiment avec de nombreux vitraux, où siège le conseil municipal. Nous faisons le tour de la ville sur les remparts, parfois si large qu'une parade militaire pouvait s'y tenir. La petite église St-Augustin est sur notre parcours, mais nous allons suivre le culte à la St-Columb's Cathedral. Un petit “village" d'artisans en plein city, installé dans un ensemble de maisons ouvrières, joliment restaurées, a beaucoup de charme. Bastion protestant et pro-UK, le centre-ville surplombe le quartier catholique “Bogside". Des véritables batailles ont eu lieu ici, et les murs en témoignent encore. En visitant le Museum of Free Derry, nous nous rendons compte, de la lutte des catholiques pour accéder au droits civiques et aussi de la répression des forces de l'ordre britanniques. D’innombrables victimes ont payé de leur vie, la petite autonomie et la paix encore fragile, enfin atteints. Derry fût en 2013 Capitale Européenne de la Culture et a donc restauré bon nombre de bâtiments, réhabilité d'anciens entrepôts et construit le pont sur la Foyle, qui nous rend bien service.Read more

  • Day29

    Bloody Sunday remembrance

    September 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Bloody Sunday – sometimes called the Bogside Massacre – was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment. Fourteen people died.Read more

  • Day11

    Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland

    August 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    An interesting visit to Londonderry today. We walked the Derry City Wall which remains completely intact and has never been breached. A guide walked us along the city walls talking of the history of Londonderry and its volatile past. We also went on a walking tour with a brother of one of the innocent men killed in the Bloody Sunday March.

    Such a tumultuous past both political and religious - The British, the Irish, the Protestant, the Catholic. Lose of lives, damage to property, a voice wanting to be heard and recognised. Things have come a long way since the Bloody Sunday March, recognition of innocent lives lost but still .... what price for peace.
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  • Day13

    Derry

    August 31, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We had a light lunch of soup and bread before returning to Derry for the walking tour of the city with our guide Ronan. He has an Irish father and a Chinese mother. She is Buddhist, so neither she nor her so have any vested interest in the Protestant-Catholic controversy. He led us on a tour of the city which dealt honestly with the troubles that lasted from the late 1960's until the late 1990's. While there is an uneasy peace now, at least there is no violence. He ended with a moving presentation about how we can disagree without resorting to violence. He contends that at least a generation must pass before the grievances of both sides can be forgiven. He also brought a moving statement about how it is possible that fights can continue long after the reasons for them have been forgotten. We spent an extra hour looking around the city and enjoying coffee and scones. I returned to the Everglades Hotel to a dinner of wonderful beef stew, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and Guinness Stout.Read more

  • Day7

    Derry

    September 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Now it's finally time to cross the border and visit the State of Northern Island aka the UK. Thanks to the Good Friday Agreement on the 10th April 1998 there are no borders, so we don't need to bring a passport.
    In Ireland there are 26 counties belonging to the Republic of Ireland and 6 counties belonging to the UK (Northern Ireland).
    The separation happened in 1921 with the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which officially gave birth to the Republic of Ireland and, consequently, to Northern Ireland.
    The local population is basically split into two factions:
    - Unionists (mostly protestant): who want the union with the UK
    - Nationalists (mostly Catholic): who feel loyal to the Irish

    According to Sean, the UK would be more than happy to give Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, but the latter doesn't want it as it'd be too expensive. For the same reason, the UK doesn't want to keep it as it's very expensive to maintain.

    Since the creation of the "two Irelands" there has been continuous turmoil, climaxed in the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, when some British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a street demonstration. This incident is still very vivid in the memories of the local population, to the point that our guide admits to feel extremely uncomfortable in Derry.

    Upon reaching Derry (or Londonderry, like the loyalists call it) we can immediately tell we are no more in Ireland: not only the GBP symbol are present everywhere and the streets are filled with dozens of classic black taxis and double-decker buses, but the whole town looks much much richer... and "British".
    While we drive into town, we take a road flanking a river, characterised by a remarkable bridge: it's the Peace Bridge. Built in 2011, it was intended to improve relations between the unionist and the nationalist sides of the city, by connecting them.

    We will visit the town in the afternoon but now it's time to eat! Ludo and I try to have a picnic lunch on the river Bank, but the chilly wind forces us to join the rest of the group in a local pub.
    After lunch Sean drops us off in front of a red-brick church, where we are welcomed by Rory, our red-haired guide with a very Irish accent. He will take us on a special tour of the city, walking on its defense walls.

    Derry used to be an island before the river surrounding it dried out leaving room to the bogland. It was founded in the 5th century with Gaelic name, before getting the name of Derry/Londonderry.
    As soon as we get on the walls, we notice some cannons pointing at red-brick church. The explanation is simple: it's not a church but rather a City Hall, which was reconstructed in 1912.

    Derry has 110k inhabitants, much less then Belfast (300K) , but together they represent the two main cities in Northern Ireland.
    Differently from Belfast, Derry has a vast majority of nationalists: 70.000 vs just 500 loyalists. In 1689 during the Williamite War, the city was sieged for over 100 days, which led people to die of starvation.

    During the tour we see testimonies of the political clashes between loyalists and nationalists, but at the end of the tour we stop by two memorial stones erected in honour of the victims of the infamous Bloody Sunday and of a local hero.

    We ask Rory some information on what is going in with the Brexit negotiations.
    And we discover that anybody who was born in Ireland (either Eire or Ulster) can apply for the Irish passport. Apparently, most of the people who voted in favour of Brexit also applied for the Irish passport at the same time. Just to be on the safe side, in case of a recession in the UK...
    Rory winds up with a sentence that says it all: "The British, to become Super British, have destroyed the British empire".
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You might also know this place by the following names:

City of Derry, Londonderry, DRY, Doire

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