Taoiseach Micheal Martin was among those present today for the funeral of John Hume, the former SDLP leader who helped forge the Good Friday Agreement. Mourners began arriving at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry an hour before the beginning of today’s scaled-back service. Among those attending the requiem mass was Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill as well as Mr Martin. Meanwhile, Mr Hume’s widow Pat was accompanied by her family including daughters Therese, Aine and Mo as well as son John Junior. Another son, Aidan, is based in Boston and is not able to attend his father’s funeral because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Meanwhile, Derry musician Phil Coulter, played The Town I Loved So Well at the end of the service. The politician, feted around the world as a peacemaker, died on Monday at the age of 83 after a long battle with dementia. In ordinary circumstances, Mr Hume’s funeral would have been expected to draw huge crowds, but numbers were limited due to coronavirus restrictions. The casket of John Hume was taken out of St Eugene’s Cathedral following a funeral service today. Mr Hume was a key architect of… Read full this story
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