A judge has led tributes to a popular Londonderry solicitor who died last week following a long illness.
Before the new sitting of Derry Crown Court yesterday a tribute was paid to Seamus Hegarty.
The Recorder of Derry, Judge Piers Grant, and Judge Philip Babington were joined in court number one by local solicitors and Mr Hegarty's three sons for the tribute.
Judge Grant said he had been at university with Mr Hegarty and that he had borne his long illness with bravery and fortitude.
Judge Babington said he had also been a friend and colleague of Mr Hegarty and recalled many fond memories of socialising with the solicitor.
He paid tribute to the very |successful practice the solicitor had built up with his partner Mark McFeely and added that the thoughts of the court were with the Hegarty family.
A short silence was held in memory of the solicitor.