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Martin McGuinness remembered at month's mind Mass in Derry

Martin McGuinness was remembered in a month's mind Mass in Londonderry on Wednesday night.

The 66-year-old former deputy First Minister passed away in March following a short illness. He died in hospital with his family by his side.

Mr McGuinness’ widow Bernie, his children and key figures from Sinn Fein returned to St Columba’s Church in the Long Tower where his Requiem Mass was held.

Among the congregation were  Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, Michelle O’Neill and SDLP MP Mark Durkan.

Fr Canny said: "It is almost five weeks since we gathered here for the funeral Mass of Martin. 

"We gather, because it is customary in our parts for a Month’s Mind although I know there was an equally important Month’s Mind held in St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York this week.

"This is a more homely opportunity because the funeral was very much a formal gathering with all sorts of people present but in that five weeks I am sure Bernie,  Emmet and Fiachra, Grainne and Fionnuala and the grandchildren don’t need any solemn reminder that Martin who was very much part of their lives is no longer there.

"We gather as community to reflect on his life and again commend his to the Lord and be with Bernie and the  family."

Earlier on Wednesday he was also remembered by Sinn Fein MEPs at service in Brussels.

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said he valued European support for the Northern Ireland peace process and that the Sinn Fein veteran was remembered.

Ms Anderson said: "It has been a month since we lost our friend, comrade and iconic republican leader Martin McGuinness.

"Just as people across Ireland mourned his immense loss, so too did people throughout Europe and across the world.

"Tonight at the European Parliament in Brussels the Sinn Fein MEP team, together with friends and supporters from right across Europe gathered to pay tribute to Martin while his Month's Mind mass was being celebrated at home.

"Martin was a regular visitor to the European Parliament and valued the continuing support from Europe for the peace process and our campaign to secure designated special status for the north within the EU.

"It was important that we remembered Martin here tonight as we send our condolences to Bernie and all the family."

On Monday a memorial service was held in New York. Large crowds gathered for the service at St Patrick's Cathedral.

Among those in attendance was members of Mr McGuinness' family and Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Senator George Mitchell in his eulogy said: "As I have said often the real heroes of the Northern Ireland peace process were the people and the political leaders of Northern Ireland.

"At a critical moment in their people’s history they summoned the courage and vision to end a conflict that some historians trace back over 800 years.

"Martin was one of them. He had courage and he had vision."

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