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Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly

Book of Condolence for Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly

A Book of Condolence has now been opened by the Mayor at the Guildhall, to allow local people to pay tribute to one of the city’s most respected figures.

The church leader passed away after a long illness at Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside. Bishop Daly played a prominent role in the city’s history, particularly through the dark days of the troubles, and his role as a peace maker has won him international recognition.  More recently his dedication to his work as chaplain at the Foyle Hospice has provided comfort and support to hundreds of local families.

Bishop Daly served as the Bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1993. Originally from Belleek in Co Fermanagh he studied at St Columb’s College before he became a curate at St Eugene’s Cathedral. He was a great supporter of the Civil Rights movement and the iconic image of Bishop Daly waving a white handkerchief during Bloody Sunday has become synonymous with the story of the Troubles here.

He retired as Bishop due to ill health in 1994 before becoming chaplain at the Foyle Hospice where he has been a familiar figure until his own failing health prevented him from administering to the sick.

Anyone who would like to pay tribute to Bishop Daly is invited to record their thoughts in the space below where the message will be attached to the original Book of Condolence.

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