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Funeral of civil rights leader Ivan Cooper takes place in Londonderry

The funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19
The funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19
The funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19
Brid Rodgers at the funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19
Irish President Michael D. Higgins signs the Book of Condolence at the funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19
Irish President Michael D. Higgins arrives at the funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19

The funeral of one of the founders of Northern Ireland's civil rights movement Ivan Cooper has taken place in Londonderry

Irish President Michael D Higgins attended the funeral, which was held at St Peter's Church.

Mr Cooper died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 75 following a long illness.

He was laid to rest in Altnagelvin Cemetery after the funeral service at St Peter's at 12pm.

Mr Cooper is survived by his wife Frances and daughters Sinead and Bronagh.

The former Stormont MP, who helped found the SDLP, led the fateful civil rights march in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday when soldiers shot dead 13 protesters in January 1972.

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Irish President Michael D. Higgins arrives at the funeral of civil rights activist, former MP and one of the founding members of the SDLP, Ivan Cooper at St. Peter’s Church in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.06.19

He was also at the forefront of another landmark civil rights march in Londonderry in October 1968.

Michael D Higgins presented Mr Cooper with a special award to mark his role in civil rights at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Duke Street march last year.

Mr Cooper was one of few Protestants involved with the civil rights movement.

He said his involvement saw him ostracised by other Protestants, and even found people in his church refused to sit beside him on the pews.

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