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Martin McGuinness's remains return home to Bogside in Derry

21 March, 2017 16:05

The remains of former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness have been brought to his home in Bogside, Derry.

Hundreds of people accompanied his family as they carried his tricolour draped coffin through the streets to the sound of applause.

Mr McGuinness had said his heart was in the Bogside just a few weeks ago as he announced he would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly.

On Tuesday people turned out en masse to see him home. One well-wisher said: "He was a hero."

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and Michelle O'Neill drape a tricolour over the coffin

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and the party's leader at Stormont, Michelle O'Neill, draped the flag over his coffin in Derry's William Street.

Mr Adams and Mrs O'Neill carried the coffin.

 He e is survived by his wife Bernadette and children Grainne, Fionnuala, Fiachra and Emmet

The former deputy first minister's wife Bernie bore him past the Free Derry Corner.

His two sons, Fiachra and Emmet, shouldered his remains into his house.

Martin McGuinness' sons Fiachra (left) and Emmet, carry his coffin

 

The 66-year-old died early this morning at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.

Mr McGuinness had been diagnosed with a rare heart disease last year.

He is survived by his wife Bernadette and children Grainne, Fionnuala, Fiachra and Emmet.

Mr McGuinness' funeral will take place in Derry on Thursday afternoon at 2pm at St Columba's Church Longtowe, before interment in the City Cemetery.

21 March, 2017 16:05 Northern Ireland news