Ex-pats or those away from the city on holiday are being offered the chance to include a message in the original Book of Condolence for the late Bishop Edward Daly.
People have been flocking to sign a special Book of Condolence which has been opened at the Guildhall to allow the public to pay tribute to one of the world’s great peace makers.
Local people have added their voices to those of political and religious leaders across the globe, who have been remembering the work of Bishop Daly both in bringing about an end to the Troubles and in his role tending to the seriously ill as Chaplain at the Foyle Hospice. The much loved cleric died on Monday at the age of 82 after a long illness.
As well as the traditional book which is now open, Derry City and Strabane District Council have also established a dedicated email address where people can record their tributes if they are unable to attend the Guildhall in person. These will be included with the Book of Condolence when it is presented to Bishop Daly’s family. Well wishers can also send personal messages by card or letter via the Mayor’s Office for presentation with the Book of Condolence.
Opening the Book of Condolence Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said: “The traditional Book of Condolence will remain open here at the district’s civic hub here in the Guildhall over the coming weeks. Bishop Daly touched the lives of many people here in the district and I know they will want to share their thoughts and memories with his family.
“The council now takes in a huge rural area as well as Londonderry and Strabane so we thought it would be fitting to offer the option of sending messages via email or card which will make it possible for more people to pay their tributes regardless of where they live.”
Anyone who wants to include a message in the Book of Condolence can do so here.
Cards or personal handwritten messages can be passed on via council by sending them c/.o Mayor’s Office, Guildhall, Derry.