Wednesday 22 November 2017

McGuinness didn't seek to hide the two sides of his life

'So many of the symbolic gestures of the post-Good Friday Agreement involved Mr McGuinness. His 'Chuckle Brothers' double act with the late Ian Paisley showed how such diverse individuals from diametrically opposing backgrounds and outlook could work together in the interests of the people.' Photo: PA
'So many of the symbolic gestures of the post-Good Friday Agreement involved Mr McGuinness. His 'Chuckle Brothers' double act with the late Ian Paisley showed how such diverse individuals from diametrically opposing backgrounds and outlook could work together in the interests of the people.' Photo: PA
Editorial

Editorial

A celebrated anecdote about Martin McGuinness captures both sides of this complex character and his life.

His home town club Derry City were playing the great Benfica of Portugal in the European Cup in September 1989. Before the biggest match in the club's history, a bomb was discovered in a culvert in the cemetery close to the ground.

Afraid the match would be called off by the RUC and British army, club officials called Mr McGuinness.

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