Freedom Of The City Of Derry To Former Bishops

Derry & Raphoe

Front l–r: Bishop Edward Daly, Bishop James Mehaffey, Back l–r: Mayor Brenda Stevenson, Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop Ken Good,

The former Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Dr James Mehaffey, has spoken of his pride at being granted the Freedom of the City of Derry, along with his long–time friend, retired Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly. The ceremony, in Londonderry’s Guildhall, was one of the last formal acts by Derry City Council before it merges with neighbouring Strabane next month.

Representatives of the four main political parties were in the chamber, with councillors joined by the Foyle MP Mark Durkan, the Nobel peace laureate John Hume, the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and members of the Mehaffey and Daly families. The recipients’ successors, Bishop Ken Good and Bishop Donal McKeown, were also in attendance, along with leading figures from the civic life. It was a doubly historic occasion, with the formal presentation being made by the last ever Mayor of the city, Councillor Brenda Stevenson.

Bishop Mehaffey told the meeting that he was a Freeman of the City of London, “but being a Freeman of the City of Derry means so much more”. He thanked Bishop Daly for his friendship and support …read more

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