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RIP Mr Hume

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Big loss for Derry, the Island and the world.

Hero and gent. Privileged to meet him a few times. Very humble and funny.

More a soccer man but thanks to peace from a GAA point of view, no more checkpoints on the way to clones or over to Donegal.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Canuckgael (USA) - Posts: 25 - 05/08/2020 03:13:29    2286409

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Amen to that. Great post.

I was born in '94. I grew up not knowing the times and experiences so many millions of people did for centuries, including many people here, and Ive grown into my twenties slowly seeing the glorification of other, more divisive figures from the period. Hume was a hero, one of our best in the recent era, if not the best. A rebel, pacifist, realist, negotiator, and intellectual. Nationalism would have been lost to chaos if not for his work.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 325 - 05/08/2020 09:50:26    2286421

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Replying To Young_gael:  "Amen to that. Great post.

I was born in '94. I grew up not knowing the times and experiences so many millions of people did for centuries, including many people here, and Ive grown into my twenties slowly seeing the glorification of other, more divisive figures from the period. Hume was a hero, one of our best in the recent era, if not the best. A rebel, pacifist, realist, negotiator, and intellectual. Nationalism would have been lost to chaos if not for his work."
Couldn't have said it better myself

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 1032 - 05/08/2020 09:56:36    2286426

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Will go down as one of the greatest ever Irish men...his involvement in the peace process was vital and he did it all without the use of a bomb or gun.

While things are far from perfect in NI it's a far cry from the bad old days. We in the republic will never fully grasp or understand what our fellow gaels went through during the troubles.

RIP John Hume

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10241 - 05/08/2020 11:13:20    2286434

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A true giant of a man.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13086 - 05/08/2020 12:15:04    2286444

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A humble and hugely brave man. We were blessed he was a force for Ireland and for good. RIP.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1538 - 05/08/2020 12:19:39    2286446

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RIP John Hume Ireland's greatest ever, an inspirational figure not only in Ireland but around the world and it should never be forgotten what he did for his country in bringing peace to Ireland.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 679 - 05/08/2020 16:19:44    2286471

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John Hume did his best, bless him. He always seemed a genuine character even while putting up with abuse from bigots for decades. He remained determined. For that, I have great respect for him.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1969 - 05/08/2020 18:52:48    2286494

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Great man

bdbuddah (Meath) - Posts: 731 - 05/08/2020 21:49:52    2286516

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"No one can come out from the grave" A man of dignity and one who knew the only way forward was through dialogue, "talk to ur enemies " and the best one of all, "don't die for Ireland, live for Ireland ".
As someone who lived through them times, and indeed never thought I'd see the days we have now, john Hume was a hero.
Rip. The gates of heaven had a guard of honour today as you walked through.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 16742 - 05/08/2020 22:33:39    2286522

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R.I.P.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1021 - 06/08/2020 00:05:27    2286534

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A great man and a very skilled politician, he worked tirelessly for the people of Derry and Ireland to bring an end to conflict, the cause of the conflict is still there but there is an agreed roadmap now to peaceful unity some day, Hume schooled everyone that agreement and consent and respect for difference was the only solution. RIP John, a giant of a man.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 952 - 06/08/2020 00:42:17    2286536

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Great man who done great work to bring peace to Northern Ireland, RIP

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8475 - 06/08/2020 19:11:58    2286664

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Rest in Peace.

A true Irish patriot who did not need to raise arms.

God Bless you John Hume.

Ibbecek (Meath) - Posts: 195 - 06/08/2020 21:02:00    2286671

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Replying To Ibbecek:  "Rest in Peace.

A true Irish patriot who did not need to raise arms.

God Bless you John Hume."
No, he did not need to raise arms, but others did need to, not just during The Troubles, but over the last 1000 years or more.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1053 - 06/08/2020 21:34:51    2286673

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I could never understand why people lauded the likes of Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, David Trimble, Martin McGuinness, David Irvine etc for becoming peace brokers. The very same people who kept the fires of hate stoked until they latterly decided that it wasn't in their interest any longer while John Hume was trying to broker peace all the time, trying to find a solution that didn't involve tit-for-tat attacks. He was there in the bogside at the start of the civil rights marches along with others. Their way was the right way despite what all the "whatabout" merchants who cant see the wood for the trees. " Oh but what would you know, you didn't live through it". " you didn't experience the discrimination, the intimidation, the ambushes, the murder, the bombs etc etc". Well maybe if these so-called latterday peacemakers who shook hands and laughed at The Boyne or on the Late Late show had stepped back and let the likes of John Hume and other GOOD people lead their people and influence them lots of lives would have been saved.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5306 - 07/08/2020 17:41:04    2286779

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Replying To SaffronDon:  "John Hume did his best, bless him. He always seemed a genuine character even while putting up with abuse from bigots for decades. He remained determined. For that, I have great respect for him."
a very back-handed compliment. I suppose you would praise him more if he orchestrated bombing and shooting campaigns.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5306 - 07/08/2020 17:45:09    2286781

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Replying To s goldrick:  "I could never understand why people lauded the likes of Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, David Trimble, Martin McGuinness, David Irvine etc for becoming peace brokers. The very same people who kept the fires of hate stoked until they latterly decided that it wasn't in their interest any longer while John Hume was trying to broker peace all the time, trying to find a solution that didn't involve tit-for-tat attacks. He was there in the bogside at the start of the civil rights marches along with others. Their way was the right way despite what all the "whatabout" merchants who cant see the wood for the trees. " Oh but what would you know, you didn't live through it". " you didn't experience the discrimination, the intimidation, the ambushes, the murder, the bombs etc etc". Well maybe if these so-called latterday peacemakers who shook hands and laughed at The Boyne or on the Late Late show had stepped back and let the likes of John Hume and other GOOD people lead their people and influence them lots of lives would have been saved."
Well said sir. Well said.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 16742 - 07/08/2020 22:51:39    2286812

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Replying To s goldrick:  "I could never understand why people lauded the likes of Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, David Trimble, Martin McGuinness, David Irvine etc for becoming peace brokers. The very same people who kept the fires of hate stoked until they latterly decided that it wasn't in their interest any longer while John Hume was trying to broker peace all the time, trying to find a solution that didn't involve tit-for-tat attacks. He was there in the bogside at the start of the civil rights marches along with others. Their way was the right way despite what all the "whatabout" merchants who cant see the wood for the trees. " Oh but what would you know, you didn't live through it". " you didn't experience the discrimination, the intimidation, the ambushes, the murder, the bombs etc etc". Well maybe if these so-called latterday peacemakers who shook hands and laughed at The Boyne or on the Late Late show had stepped back and let the likes of John Hume and other GOOD people lead their people and influence them lots of lives would have been saved."
You really DON'T have a clue. Many people in the North would like a truth and reconciliation forum where the facts would come out. The main opponent of this is the British State who have the most to lose. This would only reveal just how rotten the Dirty War was and how deep it's tentacles reached into the British Establishment, into Westminster, Whitehall and large parts of the British media who lied and covered up for their activities of their state. If you think that it was ALL about Green v Orange and we were all savages who just needed taken by the hand to the promised land.....you REALLY, REALLY don't have a clue.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9265 - 08/08/2020 02:06:35    2286826

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Well said sir. Well said."
See my reply above and wake up and smell reality.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9265 - 08/08/2020 02:07:37    2286827

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