People from all walks of life used social media yesterday to express their sadness at the death of much loved former Bishop of Derry, Dr. Edward Daly.
Twitter and Facebook were awash with thousands of tributes paid to the man who was known as the ‘people’s bishop’.
Bishop Daly passed away in Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday morning aged 82.
Some people left straightforward messages expressing their regret but others used social media as a way in which to share anecdotes about Bishop Daly.
“A man of love, a man of peace - I remember the great shows and pantomimes Fr. Daly ran in St Columb’s Hall many years ago,” said Gina Bideau on Facebook.
“Those were happy carefree days before the Troubles. I will also remember the loving and caring way he looked after his parishioners during the Troubles especially the older generation. A true priest of the people. May he rest in peace,” she added.
“R.I.P Bishop Daly - you were the true meaning of a gentleman and you gave comfort to so many in their final hours. I hope you received that same comfort,” said Paula Martin on Facebook.
“Saddened to hear the news of the death of former Bishop of Derry Edward Daly. A campaigner for peace and reconciliation during dark times,” said Ged Davidson on Twitter.
“A great great man, remember when he gave me the ‘Last Rights’ 24 years ago and helped me find inner peace. Yes, I am still here. An inspirational man of and for the people,” said Aindre Reece-Sheerin on Facebook.