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New mural created for Bogside community worker Donncha MacNiallais – Derry Daily

A new mural has appeared in the Bogside area of ​​Derry honoring Donncha MacNiallais after his death.

The former IRA Blanketman and Gaeilgeoir died “suddenly” at the age of 64 on Friday.

Mr MacNiallais’ coffin was carried through the Bogside on Saturday draped in the Irish tricolor before heading to his Waterside home.

His funeral will be on Monday 12 September at 10am at Columba Church, Longtower.

Mr MacNiallais, whose mother was Sinn Fein representative Mary Nelis, was best known as the former chairman of the Bogside Residents Group.

He led the negotiations on his own over the controversial Derry Apprentice Boys parades around the city and coined the term ‘no talk, no march’.

After his death, former Parades Commission and Community Relations Council chairman Peter Osborne said that having dealt with parades in the North West for many years, he found Mr MacNiallais to be a “soft-spoken, constructive and pragmatic presence”, as he offered his condolences to his family and friends.

The new artwork was created near Dove House where Mr MacNialliais was manager and director for many years.

Announcing the mural, Gasyard Féile said: “Everyone at Féile is heartbroken by the passing of our friend, Donncha MacNiallais.

“Director of Féile for many years, we will be forever grateful for Donncha’s immeasurable contribution to improving the lives of everyone in Derry and across Ireland.

“Our hearts go out to Donncha’s wife, Karen, his children, his mother Mary and the entire Nelis family.

“A mural has now been done in the Bogside by Razer and Donncha’s brother, Paddy Nelis.”

Dove House Community Trust workers said their “hearts ached” following the death of their beloved manager and former chair/director Donncha MacNiallais.

“Donncha has dedicated his life to community development and improving the lives of others around him,” a statement added.

“He was a real Gaelgoir who promoted the Irish language, at every opportunity he had.

“His passing is a huge loss to Dove House, the surrounding community, the Irish-speaking community and, most importantly, to Karen, her children, Mary and all of the Nelis Clanns.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone at this extremely emotional and difficult time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam a bainisteoir xx.”

Sinn Fein MP Padraig Delargy described Mr MacNiallais as “a committed Sinn Fein and community activist” who was at the forefront of efforts to regenerate the Bogside and surrounding areas.

“It is with profound shock and deep sadness that we learn today of the passing of Derry Republican Donncha MacNiallais,” Mr Delargy said.

“My first thoughts are with his partner, his children and the wider Nelis family on this devastating loss.”

Derry Strabane Council Mayor Sandra Duffy called the community a leader “a trusted comrade, colleague and sounding board” who was “always there when advice was needed”.

Mayor Duffy also wrote that she had just met Mr MacNiallais a few days ago.

New mural created for Bogside Community Worker Donncha MacNiallais was last modified: September 11, 2022 by cassoscoop

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