Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Our unsung heroes

Too often the old adage about someone being a prophet without honour in their home country rings true.

A case in point is that of Sir Ivan Magill, whose developments in the field of anaesthesia are recognised the world over, but who is only now being properly honoured here in Northern Ireland. A blue plaque has been erected at his former Larne home, and there are suggestions that a statue should be cast in his memory.

Northern Ireland punches well above its weight when it comes to inventors, scientists, and world-class performers in fields such as the arts and sport. We should be proud of everyone of them and put their names up in metaphorical lights so that succeeding generations will remember them.

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