SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said there is huge pride in Londonderry for local actress and producer Roma Downey who will join Hollywood legends later today in being honoured with her own star on the famous Walk of Fame.
The local representative also acknowledged the close relationship between Roma Downey and Bishop Edward Daly (whose funeral is today) and how much he admired her work and loyalty to Londonderry.
Roma Downey is best known for her role as Monica in the hit TV series ‘Touched By An Angel,’ and has also established a successful career as a producer.
She is also the Executive Producer of the forthcoming remake of the swords-and-sandals epic ‘Ben Hur,’ which stars Morgan Freeman among others and is set for release at the end of this month.
Mr Durkan said: “There will be great pride in Derry today for Roma who receives this well-deserved recognition of her special talent and attainment.
“We also know that her thoughts will be of Derry today and her very good friend Bishop Daly.
“Roma takes great pride in her Derry roots and the city takes great pride in her achievement and warm outlook.
“Roma was also a great ambassador for the City of Culture.
“Of course, among the many powerful contributions of Bishop Daly’s life were the encouragement of artistic talent – whether it be drama, literature or visual art.”