Galway City Council has opened an online Book of Condolences for the late John Hume, a legendary statesman who was one of the key figures in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland.
The former leader of the SDLP and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away at age 83 on Monday.
Hume was awarded the Freedom of Galway City in 1999 which was “awarded to record Galway’s appreciation for his tireless work in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland…a man of vision and integrity and an outstanding leader.”
The year before he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with then leader of the UUP David Trimble for his role in making the peace process happen.
The Book of Condolences is open online at https://www.galwaycity.ie/john-hume, and will remain open until Friday.
John Hume’s funeral will take place tomorrow, and his family have asked people to “light a candle for peace” instead of paying tribute in person when his body is removed from Moyville, Donegal this evening.