Council accepting online condolences for Bishop Daly

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Derry & Strabane Council have advised that anyone wishing to contribute tributes for a Book of Condolence for Bishop Daly can now do so online.

People have been flocking to the Guildhall to sign the Book of Condolence in person for Bishop Daly since he passed away on Monday.

Mayor Hilary McClintock said the new additional online facility will allow those living abroad and others who cannot attend in person to contribute to the book.

She added that sympathy cards and messages can be sent by post to her office.

Local people have added their voices to those of political and religious leaders across the globe, who have been remembering the work of Bishop Daly both in helping to bring about an end to the Troubles and in his role tending to the seriously ill as Chaplain at the Foyle Hospice.

E-mailed messages will be included with the Book of Condolence when it is presented to Bishop Daly’s family.

Mayor McClintock, said: “The traditional Book of Condolence will remain open here at the district’s civic hub here in the Guildhall over the coming weeks. Bishop Daly touched the lives of many people here in the district and I know they will want to share their thoughts and memories with his family.

“The council now takes in a huge rural area as well as Londonderry and Strabane so we thought it would be fitting to offer the option of sending messages via email or card which will make it possible for more people to pay their tributes regardless of where they live.”

Anyone who wants to include a message in the Book of Condolence can do so at the following website address: www.goo.gl/Jj9LmV.

Cards or personal handwritten messages can be passed on via council by sending them to: c/o Mayor’s Office, Guildhall, Derry.