Book of Condolence opened for Bishop Daly

Mayor Hilary McClintock signing the Book of Condolence. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Mayor Hilary McClintock signing the Book of Condolence. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

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A book of condolence has just been opened at the Guildhall in Derry, to allow local people to pay tribute to the late Bishop Edward Daly.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Alderman Hilary McClintock announced the move this afternoon as she spoke of the “deep sense of deep sadness and loss” felt across the region at the passing of retired Catholic Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly.

Most Rev. Dr. Edward Daly, retired Bishop of Derry, was principal celebrant at his Golden Jubilee Mass in St. Eugene's Cathedral.  (2003C66a)

Most Rev. Dr. Edward Daly, retired Bishop of Derry, was principal celebrant at his Golden Jubilee Mass in St. Eugene's Cathedral. (2003C66a)

The Book of Condolence has now been opened by the Mayor at the Guildhall.

The church leader passed away this morning after a long illness at Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.

Bishop Daly played a prominent role in Derry’s history, particularly through the dark days of the Troubles, and his role as a peace maker has won him international recognition.

More recently his dedication to his work as chaplain at the Foyle Hospice has provided comfort and support to hundreds of local families.

As the news broke this morning, Alderman McClintock paid tribute to Bishop Daly, and his tireless work on behalf of the people of the district.

She said: “I had been aware that Bishop Daly had been unwell, but it was with great sadness that I heard the news this morning.

“I know that through his work Bishop Daly has touched the lives of thousands of people and he occupies a special place in the hearts of many people from this city.

“His work in achieving peace has secured his place in the history books but it is his kindness, compassion and dedication to the city which will be remembered first and foremost by so many local people. Many today will mourn the passing of Bishop Daly who was awarded the Freedom of the City last year in acknowledgement of his work.”

Anyone who would like to pay personal tribute to Bishop Daly is invited to record their thoughts in the Book of Condolence at the Guildhall, where it will remain open over the coming weeks.