John Hume

  • Galway City Council has opened a book of condolence following the death of former Nobel prize winner John Hume.

    Mr Hume passed away early yesterday, after suffering from dementia for some time.

    He was awarded the Freedom of Galway City in 1999 in recognition of his work in promoting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

    Widespread tributes have been paid to the former SDLP leader since news of his death emerged yesterday.

    His Funeral Mass will take place in Derry tomorrow in accordance with public health guidelines.

    Members of the public are being asked to pay their respects by lighting a candle of peace at 9pm tonight in his memory.

    A book of condolence will remain open at City Hall in Galway until Friday afternoon.


  • Mayo County Council has joined a number of other local authorities in opening an online Book of Condolence for the late John Hume, whose funeral takes place in Derry later this morning.

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Richard Finn, has described John Hume as "Ireland's most respected peacemaker, to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude".

    Councillor Finn, on behalf of Mayo County Council, has expressed his sympathy to Mr Hume's wife and family, and has opened an online Book of Condolence at