Northern Ireland

John Hume's son misses funeral due to Covid-19 restrictions

Aidan Hume
Aidan Hume

JOHN Hume's eldest son is unable to attend his father's funeral today due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Aidan Hume, who is in his mid-fifties, lives in Boston with his family.

He would frequently visit home, but the coronavirus pandemic means he has been unable to return to Derry for his father's Requiem Mass at St Eugene's Cathedral.

Aidan moved to Boston after university and has remained there since then, developing a successful career in the banking sector.

He has also been working in the communications industry with his brother John's public relations firm, Hume Brophy, which is Dublin-based and has been successful globally.

Mr Hume is survived by his wife Pat and five children, Terese, Aine, Aidan, John and Mo.

On Twitter, Hume Brophy said its offices will temporarily close as a mark of respect following Mr Hume's death.

It said: "As a mark of respect for John Hume, the father of Hume Brophy's co-founder John Hume Jnr, our offices will close tomorrow, Wednesday morning European time.

"We send our condolences and sympathies to John, his family, the SDLP and all that knew and loved him. #JohnHumeRIP"