Statement by Bishop Donal McKeown on the death of Martin McGuinness RIP

21 Mar 2017

The death of Martin McGuinness, which was announced this morning, will affect many people in different ways.

Martin McGuinness played a uniquely significant role in the life of this society for almost fifty years.  Firstly my sympathies go to his wife Bernie and family.  They have lost someone, who remained so loyal to and protective of them throughout his life.  Secondly, for those who know him well, there will be a huge sense of personal loss.  Martin’s role in moving Northern Ireland from conflict to politics has been immense.  Others will have more painful memories of how their lives were affected.  And I encourage everyone, when they reflect on Martin McGuinness, to be sensitive to how his death will be felt across this community.  

I pray that, as a society, we will be able to reflect on the life and death of Martin McGuinness in ways that help to move us all forward.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis. 


  • Bishop Donal McKeown is Bishop of Derry.                                         

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