Day 10 - Derry to Omagh

Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
Trip End Nov 24, 2012

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Bogside, Derry
Derry Walls

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

We spent the next morning wandering Derry. Another city with a violent history, including being the location of the Bloody Sunday Riots. Tensions seem somewhat greater here still than what we felt in Belfast. It is a walled city. The wall was built in the 1600's but this enclosed area was also used in more recent times to keep the Catholics out and to control the people. Derry is a really lovely town and the people are terrific but you can still feel the prejudices and tensions when you visit the Free Derry catholic republican area. We stopped at the Tower Museum in Derry which had some interesting exhibits including more information on the potato blights effect, World War II's effect and 'The Troubles’ including Bloody Sunday and on a more light hearted note, an exhibition on the Spice Girls.

Wandering the walls near Bogside, we passed a church which when bombings occurred in the 1960’s, bombs thrown over the wall from Bogside would land in the church graveyard and blow the graves up, one time sending an occupant of the grave back over the wall into Bogside :/ At St Columb’s cathedral we learnt about a book which is housed in this location which tells how many people died from starvation or clashes per day during ‘The Siege’ and the cost of ‘food’…A rat cost one shilling, a mouse, sixpence and a dogs head was 2 shillings and sixpence!

We then headed down from the wall into Bogside ‘Free Derry’ area and looked at some of the murals and visited the Free Derry Museum. The museum was eerie, listening to the soundtrack of the screams, shouting, gunfire, explosions and mothers crying from Bloody Sunday.

(Two days after we left Derry, they located two bombs near the council building including one in an area we’d walked right past days before.)

We'd decided to head to Connemara area of Ireland the next day so we began to head south, overnighting in Omagh.

We stayed at a B&B (Arandale Guest House) and though we’d booked a twin room, we were in a 4 bed room. There was a double bed and single bed in one room and another single bed in another room. It was nice to be able to shut the door on mum’s snoring :P Mum had taken a Benadryl that night as she’d been feeling a little blah with a runny nose…little did I know how this would effect her! :P
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