Tommy gives a talk about the Bogside

Ciara Murphy, pictured at her 15th birthday party at the Mandarin Palace. 1201Ap1

Ciara Murphy, pictured at her 15th birthday party at the Mandarin Palace. 1201Ap1

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Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Derry’s baps came from?

Do you remember Gallagher’s tobacco? And did you know how Derry’s great tradition of shirtmaking shaped the lives of so many people living in the Bogside.

Maybe you never knew how so many Inishowen natives moved to the Bogside after the Siege of Derry and how many came to the city during the winter to work as car men with their horse and carts.

“There were some complaints that the horses were getting free grazing,” quipped Tommy Carlin who has been preparing his talk on the Bogside which will take place at the Gasyard centre on Monday at 3 p.m.

On the agenda will be humorous tales about Watt’s Distillery, the former farmer’s market, the history of Derry’s port and ship building.

“I’ll be throwing the floor open for anyone else who wants to enlighten us on the history of the Bogside, Brandywell and lower Bishop Street,” said Tommy.

Mickey Cooper, tourism and heritage co-ordinator at the Gasyard Trust, said:

‘The Gasyard Trust have been running a series of talks over the last year focusing on the massive pre-conflict history of the Bogside, Brandywell and lower Bishop Street areas. The latest talk, supported as usual by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will focus on the industrial heritage of the area going right back to the 18th century when the first skilled tradesmen began to settle in the area.”

The talk, will take place at 3pm on Monday 17th January in the Drum of the Gasyard centre on the Lecky Road. For further information contact Mickey Cooper on 07793285972 (via Free Derry Tours) or via Derry Blue Badge tours on 07743175709.

See Sunday’s Journal for more information