A tribute to John Hume
THE people of Inishowen
were proud to
have John Hume living among them for many years. The
community demonstrated this when they gathered
together back in 2011 to hold a special tribute
dinner in his honour. Below is a short clip of John
singing one of his favourite songs, 'Danny Boy', on
the night accompanied by The Henry Girls...
John Hume sings 'Danny Boy'
accompanied by The Henry Girls in April 2011. To
click here .
The event in April that
year, was held in Moville where the Nobel laureate
and his wife Pat kept a home for over 35 years. Pat
said the people of the area held a "very special"
place in their hearts.
The family of Mr Hume, who died yesterday after a
long illness, have asked people to remember him by
lighting a candle for peace in their homes tonight
The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Andrew Forster said today: "I am
deeply saddened to learn of the death of the Nobel
peace laureate, John Hume Ė one of the giants of
modern Irish history.
John achieved what many people had thought
impossible by plotting a course through the
previously uncharted waters of peace in Northern
Ireland. He mapped out a route which addressed what
he called 'the totality of relationships in these
islands': between Unionists and Nationalists; north
and south; Britain and Ireland. The approach he
prescribed gave rise to our modern peace process.
Those of us who grew up during the Troubles
recognise that Northern Ireland is a better place
now because of the courage and commitment of people
like John Hume. We owe him and them an enormous debt
for what they achieved on our behalf. We would now
honour John best by completing that quest to build a
better society and a peace that endures.
I offer my sincere condolences to Johnís devoted
wife, Pat, and to their five children, and assure
the family that they are to the fore in my prayers
at this very sad time."