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Fr Alec Reid's remains return to west Belfast

The remains of the late Fr Alec Reid were brought to west Belfast today, the place where he quietly came to prominence as both priest and peacemaker.

The Redemptorist cleric, who set up talks between Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and then nationalist SDLP leader John Hume, and acted as a conduit between the republican movement and the government, died on Friday in a Dublin hospital, aged 82.

Following Mass in the Redemptorist Order's Marianella Chapel in Dublin, his remains were brought on Monday to Clonard Church, off Belfast's Falls Road, where they will lie in repose from 4pm to 9pm, and on Tuesday from 9am to 9pm.

An Ecumenical Service of Gratitude for Fr Reid's life and ministry will take place in Clonard Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

His Funeral Mass will be in Clonard Church on Wednesday, followed by burial in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.

The US Consulate in Belfast has paid tribute to Fr Reid's contribution to the peace process.

"President Michael D Higgins has described the priest as a "channel for peace" in Northern Ireland.

Fr Reid was born in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, in 1931.

He played hurling with the Tipperary minors, as part of the All-Ireland winning team, before joining the Redemptorist Congregation of priests in August 1949.

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