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Hundreds take part in Lyra McKee fundraising walk from Belfast to Derry

A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Left to right. Georgia(11), Enola(6), Adelaide(6) and Lexie(12) from Crumlin pictured before the march starts. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins from Belfast this morning and will finish in Derry on Monday. Around 400 people set off from WriterÕs Square for the walk to Derry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Derry. The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700. The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. LyraÕs sister Nicola will also address those assembled. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begins in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

A walk in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee began in Belfast this morning.

Around 400 people were expected to set off from Writer's Square for the walk to Londonderry in memory of the 29-year-old, who was killed last month as she observed rioting in Londonderry.

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The three-day hike will conclude in the Guildhall Square in Derry on Monday, by which time the number of walkers is expected to have swelled to around 700.

The event will culminate in a two-hour concert, including a performance by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. Lyra's sister Nicola will also address those assembled.

The walk is in response to outrage over the murder of Ms McKee, who was killed as trouble flared in the Creggan estate on April 18.

The New IRA later admitted her killing.

One of the walk organisers, Seimi Mac Aindreasa, said that they have been overwhelmed by people's enthusiasm to be part of the walk.

He said: "This all began with five friends sitting around a kitchen table in Belfast who wanted to do something to remember Lyra, but the first thing we needed to do was make sure we had the blessing of Lyra's family and partner Sara.

"They thought it was a wonderful idea and said they would try and join us at the start or along the way, but they are still struggling with their grief so it will very much depend on how they feel at the time.

"Lyra's sister Nicola has written something she wants to say and she will do that at the end of the concert in Derry on Monday.

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee
Murdered journalist Lyra McKee
File photo dated 06/05/19 of a new mural of Lyra McKee in Belfast city centre. Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begin a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Londonderry later. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, was shot in the head by dissident republican group the New IRA while observing clashes with police in the Creggan estate in Londonderry last month. See PA story ULSTER Walk. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

"We have over 300 people registered to begin the walk at Writer's Corner in Belfast, along with 16 different organisations, so between that and other volunteers we expect around 400 people to begin the walk." Mr Mac Aindreasa said some will go the whole way to Londonderry, others will do what they can, and more will join them along the way.

He expects around 700 people as the walk reaches the city, adding: "This has been incredible for us because we never expected the response we have had.

"We asked Ian Beattie from Game of Thrones and Tim McGarry to help us promote the walk, which they kindly did, and we asked Gary Lightbody to do the same, but we never expected him to say he would join us."

A target of £10,000 has been set but not reached; however, Mr Mac Aindreasa said they hope to raise that and more with surplus going to a suicide prevention charity chosen by Lyra's family - Mindskills.

  • Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Lyra's Walk fundraising page can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lyra039s-walk

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