Walter Hegarty

Derry born author who describes growing up in Derry in the 1940s

Walter Hegarty was born and educated in Derry, the youngest of nine children. He is the author of two novels, The Price of Chips and You Can’t Get There From Here. He has also worked as a financial consultant and a banker.

Bosco slipped away, up Margaret Street to Riverview, up to the Banking, kicking a sodden Player’s packet on the way until it fell apart. The Banking was, in spite of its name, only in part a bank. It sloped steeply down, devoid of a blade of grass, From Chapel Road to Riverview but at its lower end it levelled off into a narrow strip. The ground was dark with rain except for a thin line in the shelter of McCann’s gable wall. On the wall itself there was the outline in tar of two goal posts and a crossbar, and underneath, for a different time of year, three cricket stumps. Up above this, in green paint, stood out the words ‘Up Dublin’ and ‘No King’, although, in the latter case, the effect was rather spoiled by the fact that there was no division between the words. ‘Noking’ it was, and, to the boys who played there, ‘noking’ was just another dirty word they didn’t know the meaning of.

Walter Hegarty describes growing up in Derry in the 1940s. Published in 1973, the writer said of his rites of passage book The Price of Chips: ’It’s a specific viewpoint, and I hear so much rubbish being talked about the North that I felt that a book like this, specifically about Derry, was needed.'

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