Christy Moore back in Derry

Christy Moore visits Museum of Free Derry, Shipquay Street, Derry.
Christy Moore visits Museum of Free Derry, Shipquay Street, Derry.

Irish folk legend Christy Moore spent an afternoon in Derry this week where he explored his links to the city and treated staff at the Museum of Free Derry to an intimate solo performance.

On Wednesday afternoon, he visited the Museum’s temporary premises at Shipquay Street while filming a new TV documentary on the inspiration behind his music.

Education Officer and veteran campaigner John Kelly accompanied Christy on a tour of the museum’s temporary exhibition and they discussed plans for the current £2 million redevelopment of the museum’s base at Glenfada Park.

A handful of staff, relatives and Bloody Sunday Trust board members were later invited to listen as Christy performed the hugely emotive ‘Minds Locked Shut’, inspired by the 1972 Derry massacre.

Julieann Campbell, chair of the Trust, said: “It was a pleasure for us to welcome Christy back to the museum this week. Christy has always been a great friend to Derry’s Bloody Sunday campaigners and a great supporter of the work of the Bloody Sunday Trust. He told us he is very much looking forward to seeing the new Phase II of Museum of Free Derry when it opens next year. It was wonderful to hear him perform in such intimate surroundings.”