Thursday, November 28, 2013

Father Alec Reid laid to rest

Press cutting from the Sunday Times
21 April 2002
The Brendan Duddy Papers
The funeral of Father Alec Reid took place yesterday, giving us pause to reflect on the key role he played in the Northern Ireland peace process, and on the importance of dialogue in times of conflict.  In among the Brendan Duddy papers, we came across a newspaper clipping profiling Father Reid, and his work in brokering peace in the Basque region.  Here in Ireland, he is remembered most as being a key figure in bringing The Troubles to an end, and as an icon for peace in one of the most enduring images from The Troubles, where he is photographed praying over the bodies of two British soldiers.  Father Reid was a powerful ambassador in convincing people that dialogue was the only true way to resolve conflict.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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