‘Huge sense of loss’ for those who knew McGuinness - Bishop McKeown

Former 
Deputy first Minister Martin McGuinness with  Catholic Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown at  St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry back in 2014. (Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Former Deputy first Minister Martin McGuinness with Catholic Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry back in 2014. (Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown has said the passing of Martin McGuinness will bring “a huge sense of personal loss” for the many who knew him well.

Bishop McKeown said the death of Mr McGuinness will affect many people in different ways.

He said: “Martin McGuinness played a uniquely significant role in the life of this society for almost 50 years.

“Firstly my sympathies go to his wife Bernie and family. They have lost someone, who remained so loyal to and protective of them throughout his life.

“Secondly, for those who know him well, there will be a huge sense of personal loss.”

Bishop McKeown said Mr McGuinness’ role in moving Northern Ireland from conflict to politics has been “immense”.

He added: “Others will have more painful memories of how their lives were affected.

“And I encourage everyone, when they reflect on Martin McGuinness, to be sensitive to how his death will be felt across this community.”

“I pray that, as a society, we will be able to reflect on the life and death of Martin McGuinness in ways that help to move us all forward.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.”