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Hundreds expected to mark Bishop Edward Daly's death

By Donna Deeney

The first anniversary of the death of Bishop Edward Daly will be marked this evening by a special event at a Garden of Reflection which is being created in his memory.

The bishop's family will travel to Londonderry to join the hundreds of people who are expected to mark the occasion.

Bishop Daly was originally from Co Fermanagh, but will always be associated with Derry and particularly for the role he played administering the last rites to the dying on Bloody Sunday.

He served as bishop for 20 years before retiring in 1994, but took up a post as spiritual director at the Foyle Hospice until shortly before he passed away on August 8 last year.

An anniversary mass at St Eugene's Cathedral will be held tonight at 7.30pm and the main celebrant will be Bishop Donal McKeown.

From there a procession will go to the Garden of Reflection in the Bogside, for a short inter-denominational service.

Among those attending the celebration to mark the first anniversary of Bishop Daly's death will be members of his family, including his nephew Gerard Daly who described his uncle as "a giant of a figure".

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