Friday’s Child from 1995 - Bishop Edward Daly

Bishop Edward Daly - pictured playing football in 1957. (Photograph by Reverend Michael Collins).
Bishop Edward Daly - pictured playing football in 1957. (Photograph by Reverend Michael Collins).

In November 1995, Bishop Edward Daly was one the first participants in the ‘Derry Journal’s’ popular ‘Friday’s Child’ column which has now been running for almost 20 years. In answer to the question: ‘How would you like to be remembered?’ he poignantly replied: ‘In people’s prayers.’ It seems only fitting that we should today re-publish the feature which gives a fascinating insight into a remarkable man.

Happiest childhood memory?

Bishop Edward Daly - pictured playing football in 1957. (Photograph by Reverend Michael Collins).

Bishop Edward Daly - pictured playing football in 1957. (Photograph by Reverend Michael Collins).

Helping at the hay on long summer days.

Who was your childhood hero?

My father.

Who is your all time sporting hero?

Pele.

Which political figure, past or present, do you most admire?

John Hume.

Favourite book?

Bishop Edward Daly.

Bishop Edward Daly.

‘The Imitation of Christ’ by Thomas a Kempis.

Favourite film?

‘Gone with the Wind’.

Favourite expression?

That’s a difficult question.

Favourite food?

Fish.

Favourite method of relaxation?

Reading a good book with some nice music playing in the background.

Favourite holiday destination?

Italy.

Greatest ambition?

To see full employment in the North West.

Who would you most like to meet?

The first Unionist to be Taoiseach.

What makes you happy?

Seeing other people happy.

What makes you angry?

Injustice in all its manifestations.

What is the human quality you most admire?

Honesty and a sense of humour.

What is the human quality you least admire?

Arrogance and cynicism.

What is your greatest fear?

That the current peace process will break down.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

The visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979.

How would you like to be remembered?

In people’s prayers.

What is your most treasured possession?

My religious faith.