September 25, 2022


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Free Derry nook’s final inhabitant Johnny McKane passes away

THE funeral will happen tomorrow of Johnny McKane, the final man to reside in the home within the Bogside which grew to become well-known as Free Derry Nook.

Mr McKane (82), who handed away at his house at Lisfannon Park, initially lived at 33 Lecky Street the place three generations of his household had lived. He moved out simply earlier than the enduring phrases, “You Are Now Getting into Free Derry” had been scrawled on the gable wall of his house on the night time of January 5 1969.

Well-known the world over as a monument to civil rights, Mr McKane’s house marked the boundary of what grew to become referred to as Free Derry, an space the place the writ of the British parliament failed to increase. The Bogside space was a no-go zone for British troopers, the B specials and the RUC from 1969 up till Operation Motorman in 1972.

On the night time of January 4, B specials rampaged via the Bogside, prompting lots of of males attending a gathering of Catholic ex-Servicemen in Creggan to march on the realm. Once they arrived, the B Specials had left.

Johnny McKane passes away

In an interview with The Irish Information in 2019, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Free Derry Nook, Mr McKane recalled coming to his outdated house to see the B Specials working from the Bogside.

Early the subsequent morning, prompted by activist, Eamonn McCann, native man Liam Hillen wrote “You might be Now Getting into Free Derry” on the gable wall of Mr McKane’s then vacant household house.

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Mr McKane advised the newspaper that whereas Free Derry Nook was a legendary monument all through the world, to him it was at all times “simply house”.

Mr McKane’s funeral takes place from his house, 67 Lisfannon Park tomorrow at 9.20am for Requiem Mass at St Columba’s, Lengthy Tower (10am).

Interment will likely be afterwards at Derry metropolis cemetery.

Free Derry nook’s final inhabitant Johnny McKane passes away was final modified: September sixteenth, 2022 by cassoscoop