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A Life in Pictures: Hugh Gallagher shares images and memories of Derry

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Creggan photographer and writer, Hugh Gallagher, has been providing snapshots of Derry life for decades and today shares some of his pictures in the first of a two-part feature looking back over his life and career in the city.

Hugh was just one year old when his parents, Hugh and Mary, joined hundreds of other young couples as they moved in to what was then the new Creggan Estate. Speaking in the same front room in Melmore Gardens, he said: “I was actually born in the Limavady Road. Cullen’s Amusements used to have flats there and we lived in one. Then we moved to Creggan in 1950, so we’ve been here 67 years . . . .

“There were 10 of us and my Ma and Da. I was the first boy of three, with my brothers Liam and Eugene.

“My father was a barman in the Brandywell Bar for 24 years and he had an interest in photography. He also worked in the City Hotel and the Gluepot Bar. My mother came from Quarry Street and her maiden name was Page.

“I went to school first of all at the Rosemount Boys, but there weren’t enough children going to Holy Child P.S. so they sent me up there for a year and when I went back down to Rosemount they said, ‘Right, your holiday’s over now, that’s it!’ You only had to go for a half a day up in the Holy Child.”

Recalling his childhood in Creggan, Hugh said: “I remember the building........

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