Candlelight vigil in Dungiven to remember Martin McGuinness

Sinn Fein are holding a candlelight vigil in Dungiven tonight as a mark of respect to Martin McGuinness.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 8:57 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:22 am
Martin McGuinness pictured at the field during National Hunger Strike commemoration in Dungiven in 2012. 0708JM93

The vigil will be held at The Grove on upper Main Street at 8pm.

Sinn Fein’s Sean McGlinchey said since news of his friend’s death broke, his phone hasn’t stopped.

“I’ve had phone calls from the GAA club, the hurling club, ordinary people asking what we’re doing. This is a way to show your respect for all that Martin McGuinness has done for the people of Ireland,” said Colr. McGlinchey.

Colr. McGlinchey said Martin McGuinness’s death is ‘a massive loss’.

“I’m very sad, and I know when people die you always hear that someone else will take their place, but no one can take the place of Martin McGuinness and I think not just nationalists, but the majority of unionists too will recognise that,” Colr. McGlinchey told the ‘Journal’.

“What I’ll always remember about Martin is something very simple. When my brother died, I got a phone call at 20 past 12 at night and I thought to myself, ‘who’s ringing me at this time of night’. It was Martin McGuinness from his hospital bed.

“That’s the kind of man he was. He was always there for you, a simple man who loved his family and was always there when you needed him.”