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Renowned Bogside murals artist William Kelly is laid to rest

By Donna Deeney

Published 14/01/2017

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William Kelly
The funeral cortege of William Kelly pauses at the child in the gas mask and Bernadette Devlin murals, which he helped create

Tributes have been paid to William Kelly, one of the renowned Bogside Artists, who was laid to rest in Derry yesterday.

Mr Kelly, along with his brother Tom and Kevin Hasson, depicted the history of the Troubles on 12 large murals painted onto gable walls in the Bogside area known as The People's Gallery.

Following a private service at his home, the funeral cortege made its way through the Bogside, stopping at the mural of the young Bernadette Devlin (McAliskey) - the last mural Mr Kelly worked on as part of a maintenance programme.

Mourners applauded at the spot before moving on to the City Cemetery.

Leading civil rights veteran Ivan Cooper, who features in one of the murals but was unable to attend the funeral due to ill-health, said he was saddened to miss it.

Mr Kelly's sudden death on Tuesday was announced by Tom on the Bogside Artists Facebook page.

He wrote: "With a heavy and grieving heart my brother Will Kelly passed away in the wee hours of this morning. Trusting in Gods unfailing love."

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