Tributes paid to Larry Doherty - ‘giant of journalism’

Larry Doherty (on right) pictured a number of years ago with former 'Derry Journal' colleagues Martin Cowley and Pat McArt.
Larry Doherty (on right) pictured a number of years ago with former 'Derry Journal' colleagues Martin Cowley and Pat McArt.
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Tributes are being paid to Larry Doherty, former chief photographer of the ‘Derry Journal’, who has died.

Larry passed away on Wednesday morning at Culmore Manor Nursing Home in Derry. He was aged 85.

Among those to pay tribute to the father of seven was the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

He described him as a “giant of Derry journalism”, adding: “Larry was an immensely talented photojournalist who chronicled the life of Derry through some of the most turbulent years of the city’s history.

“I knew Larry for many years. He captured the most momentous events of the 20th century on the streets of his home city and his images were used in some of the world’s leading publications.

“But he also had a unique talent for capturing and recording the lives of the people of the city and those of his beloved Inishowen.

“As well as being at the top of his profession, Larry was also a gentleman who endeared himself to the many people he met.”

Foyle MP Mark Durkan also paid tribute to the ex-Journal photographer who he described as the “supreme professional”.

He added: “As a photo journalist, Larry covered some of the worst possible events in this city, showing insight, compassion and impact. But, through that period, he also conveyed the best aspects of so many endeavours, enterprises and achievements across all walks of life, not least sporting and cultural performance at all levels.

“He portrayed the character of the city with pride and affection but he was himself one of the city’s great characters, held in popular affection and professional esteem. His waggish humour and sharp wit carried himself, his colleagues and all privileged to be in his company through many awkward times.”

Larry’s funeral will take place on Friday morning (10 a.m.) at St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn.