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Republican Murals: Girl In School Uniform

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Address: Westland Street | Bogside, Derry, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 7126 7284

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The Murals are a complete work of art, this mural of the young schoolgirl represents this child as a young person sent out by her Mother to get some messages in a local shop, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
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Ballyshannon, Ireland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The Murals are a complete work of art, this mural of the young schoolgirl represents this child as a young person sent out by her Mother to get some messages in a local shop, but sadly a trigger happy soldier shot her as she was running across the street, another sad fact of life about the residents of the Bogside... More 

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I found this a very sad but true to life story it's unbelievable this happened in my day but an important part of history ,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

If you plan to visit Derry, then you must be interested in history and/or older than 15 years. Derry holds history from 500AD to present day. Yes, present day. Peace in this city is less than 5 years old and these Murals (the 12 by the Bogside Artists, and other political murals) show this area's turbulent past and uneasy present.... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This particular mural has great significance for the people of Derry/Londonderry as the butterfly to the top left of the little girl, who was accidentally shot during the Troubles, was originally painted in dark colours. The artist returned to paint the butterfly in bright colours only when the artist considered that the peace process was progressing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Seen only from Londonderry's City Wall. Perhaps a "one-sided" depiction of the Bogside area of the city - but attempts a more peaceful interpretation of a more peaceful era - today.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

Be sure to read the information placed next to the mural because it tells the story in the mural: a young girl caught in the violence of The Troubles killed when she was out gathering some items for a school project. The plaque also explains the symbolism in other parts of the painting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

I'm neither Irish not British but it was powerful to learn about this part of history.....cost of freedom is never cheap and it shall never be taken lightly...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Nothing in my experience teaches a lesson of truth better than the tragic story of an innocent victim of sectarian violence - this girls death is a memorial to all of those people who feel loss and wish for peace. This wall is special to me (a Vietnam veteran) when it shows how the innocent are the first sacrificed to... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

This mural is not just the girl in the School Uniform. It depicts young Annette McGavigan. A 14-year-old local girl fatally wounded as a British Soldier shot her in the back of the head on 6 September 1971. Annette was the 100th civilian and the first child to be killed during the troubles. The mural now stands a testament to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

The greatest sadness of the "Troubles" is that so many lives were lost from all sides, - and for what? NI is still part of the UK. Regardless of one's leaning as to who was right or wrong, these murals will leave a lasting impression on the total fruitlessness of the whole business! So very sad. At least the Dove... More 

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