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Bloody Sunday vestment gifted to museum

Stole used by Bishop Daly to give victim the last rites

By Donna Deeney

The stole worn by the late Bishop Edward Daly when he administered the last rites to Bloody Sunday victim Jackie Duddy as he lay dying was presented to the Museum of Free Derry yesterday on the 47th anniversary of the atrocity.

The bloodstained handkerchief waved in the famous image of the then Father Daly as he helped carry the 17-year-old after he had been shot by members of the Parachute Regiment on January 30, 1972 is already among artefacts he presented to the museum.

Bishop Daly was a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust, which runs the museum, and a long-time supporter of the successful fight to clear the names of those killed in the massacre.

The bishop, who died in 2016, remained close to the Duddy family, who said the presentation of the item was an indication of that.

Julianne Campbell, Mr Duddy's niece, who works at the museum, said that while the family knew Bishop Daly wanted the museum to have the stole, it was still emotional when the presentation was made.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "We have always known how much Bishop Daly valued this stole he kept beside a photograph of Jackie in his home, but our family has been aware he wanted the museum to have this stole as well.

"Fr Eugene Grahame, who is one of the executors of Bishop Daly's estate, pointed out the blood stains and marks left by the oil used by Bishop Daly to administer the last rites.

"This was something we didn't realise, and looking at those stains was very emotional.

"The stole will feature alongside Bishop Daly's bloodstained handkerchief and a letter recently discovered by my aunt Kay Duddy, which was written to my grandad William thanking him for the picture of Jackie.

"It feels now like all the pieces have come together, which is something we know Bishop Daly wanted.

"Bishop Daly had a special place in the heart of everyone in our family because he was with Jackie when he died, so this is a very poignant day for us today.

"As well as the personal emotions having the stole has brought to us as a family, it is an important artifact in the story of Bloody Sunday and sitting alongside the other artefacts connected to Bishop Daly is the perfect place for it.

"We are very, very grateful to Bishop Daly's estate, his family and the clergy involved for making the presentation to us on the day of the anniversary."

Those attending the presentation at the museum yesterday also made their way to the Bloody Sunday memorial, where a minute's silence took place.

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