Lyra McKee Book of Condolence to close in Derry this week

Susan and Arthur McHugh, handing over seven books of condolences, in memory of Lyra McKee, to Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle. The books are from all Christian Churches in Clontarf,  Dublin. Included is Fr. Joseph Gormley, PP, St. Mary's Church, Creggan.  (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).
Susan and Arthur McHugh, handing over seven books of condolences, in memory of Lyra McKee, to Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle. The books are from all Christian Churches in Clontarf, Dublin. Included is Fr. Joseph Gormley, PP, St. Mary's Church, Creggan. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).

The Book of Condolence in memory of Lyra McKee at Derry’s Guildhall following the tragic murder of the 29-year-old journalist is set to close on Wednesday evening so that it can be presented to her family.

Encouraging the public who wish to sign the Book of Condolence at the Guildhall to do so before the close of business on Wednesday, 15 May, and online by Tuesday, 14 May, the Mayor John Boyle said it was important that the public availed of the opportunity to extend their sympathy to the partner and family of Lyra McKee.

Members of the National Union of Journalists joined with the Mayor, political, religious, and community leaders in signing the book following the tragic murder of the young journalist that has shocked the entire community.

Mayor Boyle said the response to the Book of Condolence has been phenomenal with hundreds calling into the Guildhall or signing it online.

He said there was an out-pouring of love for Lyra and her family and the Book of Condolence provided a forum that allowed the public to express their condolences and show their solidarity with them.

He said: “Lyra should have been in a generation that could grow up in a prosperous and peaceful island of Ireland.

“Her shocking murder serves as a reminder of the urgent need for us to work together to secure peace. I am heartbroken that senseless violence on our streets has cost the life of a wonderful person whose work and advocacy was always about making the world a better place.

“I will be presenting the Book of Condolence to her family next week and would encourage who has not yet signed it but who wish to do so to avail of the opportunity before 15 May. They can call into the Guildhall or alternatively sign the book via our website at www.derrystrabane.com/mayor.”