Hundreds pack cathedral for farewell to Paddy ‘Bogside’

The funeral cortege of veteran civil rights activist Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty makes its way through the streets of Londonderry on Sunday
The funeral cortege of veteran civil rights activist Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty makes its way through the streets of Londonderry on Sunday

Several hundred people have packed into St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry for the funeral of Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty – one of the iconic figures of the civil rights movement and the ‘Free Derry’ era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Mr Doherty, 89, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Paddy Doherty died on Thursday aged 89

Paddy Doherty died on Thursday aged 89

The funeral cortege left the family home at 10 Westland Street at around 11.45am followed by his family and many dozens of mourners.

Those in attendance included John Hume and his wife Pat, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MP for Foyle, Mark Durkan, the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson, former Speaker of the Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin, and former SDLP MLA John Tierney.

The cortege moved down Westland Street and into Rossville Street before pausing for a brief period at Free Derry Corner.

Mr Doherty was also a founding member of the Credit Union organisation in Londonderry and the funeral procession then passed adjacent to the Credit Union building in Abbey Street before making its way through the Little Diamond and into the grounds of St Eugene’s Cathedral.

A green flag emblazoned with a gold harp that had been placed over his coffin outside his house was removed before entering St Eugene’s for his funeral Mass.

Fr Paul Farren told mourners: “Paddy Doherty was baptised in this church almost 90 years ago and at his baptism God declared ‘my favour rests with you’. It was this that gave Paddy the confidence to achieve all that he did.”

Mr Doherty was buried in the City Cemetery.