Tributes pour in for Fr Alec Reid, noble pillar of peace
THE late Fr Alec Reid's short playing career as a hurler was recalled yesterday as friends gathered to pay their respects to the key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who passed away this weekend.
The US government also paid tribute to the "deep faith and moral courage" of the late Fr Reid for his role in helping to bring peace in the North.
President Michael D Higgins has described the priest as a "channel for peace" in Northern Ireland.
Fr Reid's remains are lying in repose in the Redemptorist order's Marianella Church in Dublin today.
After Mass in Marianella Chapel at 11am tomorrow, his remains will be taken to Clonard Church, Belfast.
His funeral Mass will be held there on Wednesday, followed by burial in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.
"His last few months were difficult but he bore it very bravely," a fellow priest said.
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Friends recalled his love of the GAA and his fame as a hurler with his native Tipperary. He played hurling with the Tipperary minors, as part of an All-Ireland-winning team, before leaving home to join the Redemptorist Congregation of priests in August 1949.