Saturday 26 May 2018

Obituary: A grounded and compassionate man with a unique insight into the complexities of the Troubles

Edward Daly holding a portrait of Jackie Duddy, a teenager who was shot dead in Bloody Sunday in 1972. Picture credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Edward Daly holding a portrait of Jackie Duddy, a teenager who was shot dead in Bloody Sunday in 1972. Picture credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Bishop of Derry Edward Daly, who died this week, was one of the IRA's toughest critics, condemning its gunmen from the pulpit as "followers of the gospel of Satan".

From a humble curate to one of the most influential prelates in recent church history, Edward Daly remained a grounded and compassionate man. When he published his autobiography in 2000, there were no airs and graces. It was fittingly called: "Mister, Are you a Priest?"

His life in the cauldron of the Troubles gave him unique insight into its complexities. From the day he first came to help a dying teenager by attempting to shepherd him through the carnage of Bloody Sunday, waving the blood-soaked hanky embroidered for him by his mother, Edward Daly became one of the leading voices of the church in Ireland. His faith could hardly have endured a sterner test than the slaughter he witnessed that day.

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