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Civil rights campaigner's widow dies after illness

By Chris McCullough

Published 29/02/2016

Paddy Doherty with his wife Eileen outside their family home
Paddy Doherty with his wife Eileen outside their family home

Eileen Doherty, widow of the late civil rights activist Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty, has passed away less than two months after her husband died.

Mr Doherty was one of the most prominent figures in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and was on the front line during the 'Battle of the Bogside' in Derry.

He passed away on January 7 at the age of 89.

His wife Eileen died peacefully at her home in Londonderry on Saturday, the Derry Now website reported.

Mrs Doherty, who had been ill for some time, is survived by sons John, Hugh, Declan, Kieran, Kevin and Brendan, and daughters Roisin, Eileen, Kathleen, PaddyAnn, Fiona and Nuala, 43 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Her remains will leave her Westland Street home at 9.20am tomorrow morning for Requiem Mass in St Eugene's Cathedral at 10am.

Paddy's funeral at the same cathedral last month was attended by former SDLP leader John Hume, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

Mrs Doherty will be laid to rest beside her husband in the City Cemetery.

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