Just a short walk away from the city centre of Derry in Northern Ireland is a small area of housing which stands out. There is this slogan painted on the wall, while fences, bollards, lamp posts and even the pavement are decorated in red, white and blue.
The Fountain is a Loyalist stronghold. Its people are of the Protestant faith and are strongly in favour of Ulster being part of the United Kingdom and having allegiance to the British Royal family.
The Union Jack flies over the area, while its painted walls commemorate the military and moments from the distant past. They’re different to the murals that adorn the Catholic and nationalist Bogside area, which are more vibrant and mark more recent struggles. The Irish tricolour is the flag of choice there.
The Fountain area was remarkably quiet and there was little sign of life. Another feature is a tall green mesh fence marking its boundaries, which completes the sense that this is practically a separate enclave.
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