Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
The city has always expressed its soul in verse.
Derry mine! My small oak grove
Little cell, my home, my love!
Attributed to St. Colmcille
The saint's story is told as St Columb in the Cathedral and as St Colmcille in Long Tower Church.
The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.'
Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander
The 19th century hymn writer was inspired by the view of the Creggan Hills.
'My heart besieged by anger, my mind a gap of danger,
I walked among their old haunts, the home ground where they bled;
And in the dirt lay justice like an acorn in the winter
Till its oak would sprout in Derry where the thirteen men lay dead.'
The poet expressed his reaction to the events of Bloody Sunday, 30th January, 1972 in 'The Road to Derry'.
'But when I've returned, how my eyes have burned
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed-out bars,
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze.
Now an Army's installed by that old Gas-yard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher.
With their tanks and their guns, Oh my God, what have they done.
The Town I Loved So Well
The singer-songwriter summed up how many people felt during the Troubles.
Location. 54° 59.63′ N, 7° 19.547′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Touch for map. Marker is on the City Wall Double Bastion, adjacent to the former First Derry Primary School building, off Stable Lane, inside the City Wall. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6PU, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Walled City (here, next to this marker); Demi-culverin Cannon (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Double Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Verbal Arts Centre (a few steps from this marker); George Farquhar (within shouting distance of this marker); Bishop's Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Walled City (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bishop's Gate (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
Also see . . .
1. History of Derry, Ireland. (Submitted on December 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Troubles (1968-1998). (Submitted on December 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.