Famous wall to get palestine flag mural
Move to mark march memorial

By Brendan McDaid
22 January 2005

Free Derry Corner is set to have its historical black and white front
painted in the colours of the Palestinian flag, it emerged today.

The move, a departure from the use of the rear of the gable wall to
make local political statements, is being taken to mark the beginning
of the 33rd Bloody Sunday anniversary commemorations.

It is understood local political activists will be taking part in the
painting later today, weather permitting, in a bid to symbolise
solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Veteran civil rights activist Eamonn McCann, who came up with the
slogan 'You Are Now Entering Free Derry' in the late 1960's, today
welcomed the development.

Mr McCann said: "I would welcome anything that broadens out the
meaning and symbolism of Free Derry Wall.

"When I originally came up with 'You Are Now Entering Free Derry', it
was intended to refer to freedom across the world."

The wall is to remain painted until after next Sunday's commemorative
march from the Bogside to Creggan.

Mr McCann will also take up the role of DJ alongside a host of
musicians from home and abroad next week for a night of fund-raising
to cover costs of the Bloody Sunday weekend.

The event, organised by the Gasyard Wall Feile, will be held in the
Gasyard Centre next Saturday, January 29, from 9.30pm.

Two rooms will be used to divide up the entertainment.

In the main room, An Halla Mor, Cruncher O'Neill will be joined by
Eileen Webster, local singer and musician Declan McLaughlin and Gary
Og from Glasgow.

DJ One Shot will provide soul music between acts.

In the Gasworks Cafe meanwhile, DJ Paul McCartney will be hitting the
decks alongside Joe Mulheron and Mr McCann.

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