'A colossus, filling us with great pride and admiration'
Published 09/08/2016 | 02:30
The image of a cowering Fr. Daly waving a bloodstained handkerchief as he led a group of men carrying a mortally wounded teenager through the gunfire of the Parachute Regiment in 1972 is now an icon of modern Irish history. Bloody Sunday and Edward Daly are intrinsically linked and his fearlessness in speaking truth to power in the following hours and days etched him forever into the hearts of the people of Derry and Ireland.
I was fortunate to know Edward Daly in several capacities. During the mid-70s, he accepted me as a seminarian for the Derry Diocese and when my father's illness necessitated my returning home to help my mother, he told me that he would always be glad to welcome me back, should that be my choice.
I knew him too as a great thespian, who supported and encouraged musical and theatrical talent throughout the northwest.