More than 40 priests and a guard of honour to say farewell to Niall McCafferty

The remains of the late school principal Niall McCafferty arriving at St. Eugene's Cathedral on Tuesday morning for Requiem Mass. DER1515MC010
The remains of the late school principal Niall McCafferty arriving at St. Eugene's Cathedral on Tuesday morning for Requiem Mass. DER1515MC010

More than 40 priests concelebrated the funeral Mass of the late Niall McCafferty who was laid to rest this morning.

They gathered with hundreds of local people who packed St Eugene’s Cathedral to say goodbye to a man who had given so much to help young people in Derry.

The funeral Mass was attended by the SDLP’s Mark Durkan and John Boyle and pupils from St Joseph’s Boys formed a guard of honour with their principal Damien Harkin as Mr McCafferty’s remains were brought in silence into the church.

The funeral was attended by 43 priests including Mr McCafferty’s son Father Paul and Bishop Edward Daly.

Father Paul told the congregation how his father had used the Beatitudes as a road map for his life.

He said his father was a man of faith and prayer and in his life he took the message of the Beatitudes seriously.

He was devoted to teaching

Father Paul McCafferty

“He had his flaws, his limitations, his sins,” he said. “And these we commend to the mercy of God.

“He was dedicated to teaching in St Joseph’s and often involved in debates on the future of education. “He was devoted to teaching and saw Catholic Education as inseparably linked to the church’s social teaching. For him Catholic schools, indeed the Catholic education system must promote what is right, must favour the poor, must promote the common good in order to be worthy of the name Catholic.”

Following the funeral Mass Mr McCafferty was laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

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