|Kevin Magee & Edelle Canning, my first friends in Derry|
I was also very happy for her to help me start asking around for somewhere to stay. In no time at all, through Connal in Mondos, then Barry in Sandidos, we met Kevin Magee. Kevin is in his final year studying law and plays in a local band. He very kindly offered his spare room for the night. I am so touched by his kindness and it highlights what this walk is all about.
After dropping my bag off, I took a wander around Derry which I have now decided to just call Derry. That is the original Irish name for the city. For loyalist Protestants, it is known as Londonderry. Apparently, the one you use can highlight which side you are from. But not much anymore. Everyone I spoke with just calls it Derry. I say "just", but I don't mean to devalue it because it is a great name for what appeared to me to be a great little city.
I am not going to pretend to understand the divisions and history in the depth it needs for an informed opinion and analysis. What I can say, is that from the people I have spoken with, it is clear that the new generations care less about division and using religious difference as a tool, than perhaps the older generations. This may or may not include the media and a separation from issues being a religious based issue rather than just a normal contention is perhaps an important step.
Some more pics from Derry...oh yeah, and there was a bit of concert too and a lovely lady called Orla bought me my first Guiness...oh gosh, that's how its meant to taste!!!...