Lyra McKee Funeral. Her compassion always came with a spoonful of tough love, but she was always there for me. It was the type of event that I only thought I would only find in a television drama, but no, it was very real and nobody’s fault but mine. [27], McKee's funeral took place at the Anglican St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on 24 April. Lyra McKee funeral begins as coffin of murdered journalist carried into cathedral; The Prime Minister spoke with relatives and the funeral today. The fact that I, a middle-class, middle-aged, protestant, heterosexual, British, male, engineer bares testament to that. It gave her a charm that she never really lost. I was scared, lonely and isolated. When people die we miss them. Faber and Faber had compared the work to that of Anna Funder's Stasiland and Andy O'Hagan's The Missing. [35], She was survived by her partner, mother, two brothers and three sisters. [30] Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said "our solidarity also goes out to the people of Derry and to the entire journalism community. Lyra was smart, kind, passionate, interesting, feisty, generous, funny, and above all else, truly compassionate. 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She showed me pictures of the ring she had bought for Sara and told me of the fabulous plans she had for the proposal in New York in May. On 18 April 2019, McKee was fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry. Lyra is not here in person but her starlight fills this room. LYRA had many friends drawn from all walks of life. [30] McKee was taken by police, in an armoured Land Rover, to Altnagelvin Area Hospital, where she later died. One day, I took her to Limerick University to pitch for investment. She would be thrilled that all her friends could be in one place and they could finally get to be contacted. [51] A 52-year-old man was charged with McKee's murder the following day. She was mesmerising the entire room. The reporter, 29, who was shot dead by dissident republicans on Thursday in Derry, was gay and non-sectarian. Father Martin Magill said dissident republican gunmen who killed the journalist should lay down their arms. Published 27 April 2019. But within an hour, Lyra had a dozen high-powered American technology investors eating out of her hand. [5] She studied online journalism at Birmingham City University under Paul Bradshaw,[7] pursuing an Master of Arts degree, but did not graduate. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. If you don’t believe me you have never had the 'Shakespeare’s better than Harry Potter' discussion. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. But when I enquired about the logistics of the venture she said, ‘I’m not sure, can you ring him and find out when he is free?’. The attack was condemned by religious leaders of many denominations, including Ken Good, Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe; Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin; Donal McKeown, Catholic Bishop of Derry; and Charles McMullen, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. "[30], Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who had visited Derry only a few hours before the events, also condemned the murder. Many of you will not realise that at times our wonderful Lyra could be vehemently sectarian. LYRA McKee’s close friend and mentor, Stephen Lusty, gave an emotional eulogy at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast today during her funeral service. The journalist Lyra McKee’s coffin was carried out of St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast after her funeral on Wednesday as her partner, Sara Canning, behind left, followed. [note 1], McKee was born on 31 March 1990 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 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She made me put a date in my diary for the wedding in Donegal in 2022 and gave me strict instructions to wear my kilt, adorn it with some Harry Potter, and to find or re-find my own version of Sara. ‘Was that dinner or the fading embers of an 11th night bonfire’, ‘Irish stew or lemon meringue pie?’ We could never tell. 2019 wurde McKee im Kontext von militanten Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei in Derry von einem Mitglied der Neuen IRA erschossen, die sich zu der Tat bekannte und die versehentliche Tötung McKees bedaue… A second vigil was held in Belfast City Hall, and was attended by author Anna Burns and John O'Doherty of the Rainbow Project, an LGBT rights charity in Northern Ireland. [49], Leona O’Neill, a fellow Derry journalist who witnessed and wrote about McKee's killing, later received online threats, alleging that she was responsible, or had invented her account of the shooting. We cannot allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past. When love wants to part we mourn. [4][19] In 2016 Forbes magazine named her as one of its "30 under 30 in media" because of her work as an investigative reporter. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Friends of Lyra McKee, 29, cover HQ of New IRA-linked party with red paint in protest ahead of murdered journalist's funeral. It never lasted long though. [42][43] They were released without charge the following day. I told her I knew exactly what that was. [9], In 2011, McKee joined the staff of news aggregator Mediagazer, a sister site of technology news aggregator Techmeme. A priest has questioned why it has taken the death of 29-year-old Lyra McKee to unite parties and bridge the political divide. I know that she has done similar things for many. As her Uncle Stevie, I gave her an Easter egg. And anyone who prefers the superheroes of DC comics over those of Stan Lee’s Marvel was a subspecies not worthy of humanity. However, by breakfast her adopted home had a new home. The funeral of the 29-year-old, held in Belfast on Wednesday, heard powerful and political statements from those closest to the journalist. I wasn’t able to manage to get the Taoiseach, but I’d being doing a little work with the late Brian Lenihan, and he kindly gave her ten minutes of his time. The disturbances were centred on Fanad Drive. April 2019 in Derry[1]) war eine nordirische Journalistin, die sich vor allem mit den Auswirkungen des Nordirlandkonfliktes befasste. Call me anytime worked both ways but Lyra and I had agreed that if it was after ten at night she would use it in emergencies. [40][41] The same day the police had arrested two men, aged 18 and 19, on suspicion of involvement in McKee's murder. But like anyone who knew her as a personal friend, I was just her mate Lusty. [4], The leaders of Northern Ireland's main political parties, the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP, SDLP, Alliance Party and Green Party, released a joint statement condemning the killing of McKee and described it as "an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace and democratic processes". For other inquiries Contact Us. She also served as an editor for Mediagazer, a news aggregator website. Lyra Catherine McKee (/ˈlɪərə məˈkiː/[1] 31 March 1990 – 18 April 2019)[2] was a journalist from Northern Ireland who wrote for several publications about the consequences of the Troubles. As a journalist she lived in a world of questions. The next time I saw Brian he said, ‘What a star, but I would rather do ten rounds in a boxing ring with Paisley than do that again’. Police said that a gunman then fired up to twelve shots towards police officers. McKee, who was on Fanad Drive and standing near an armoured police Land Rover, was wounded in the head. [30][31] Mobile phone footage and police CCTV footage[32] shows a masked gunman, believed to be a member of the New IRA, opening fire with a handgun. The group stated that McKee wasn't the objective of the attack and offered its apologies to McKee's family and partner. [27] Members of the National Union of Journalists formed a guard of honour. [2] In March 2019 Irish Times writer Martin Doyle featured McKee in his article "Best of Irish: 10 rising stars of Irish writing". Fr Martin Magill says NI politicians felt pressure at Lyra McKee funeral. [44] On 23 April, The Irish News published an article claiming that the New IRA had admitted responsibility for the killing. On the journey there she was nervous and spent the whole time scribbling notes on pieces of paper and calming herself by reacquainting me with the industrial language that I had not heard since I had left Holland & Wolfe shipyard. On 18 April 2019, McKee was shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. Lyra Mckee's coffin arrives for the funeral service in Belfast (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles. When Lyra told you ‘call me anytime’ she meant it. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. More than once during those dark days she chatted with me through the night just to make sure that we both saw the sun rise. If you got it wrong then you had 15 seconds before the burning fuse reached the ­powder keg. A peaceful society where "every single person is valued" should be the "legacy" of murdered journalist Lyra McKee's life, her friends and family have demanded. [25][26] After her death it was revealed that she had been planning to propose marriage to Canning, and had purchased an engagement ring. [47] On 1 May the PSNI confirmed it would offer anonymity to any witnesses who came forward with information. [13][14] McKee's work as a journalist included a number of pieces that appeared in both domestic and international media. Funeral of journalist Lyra McKee in Belfast – kaufen Sie dieses Foto und finden Sie ähnliche Bilder auf Adobe Stock They also said that it was a "pointless and futile act to destroy the progress made over the last 20 years, which has the overwhelming support of people everywhere". They further reiterated their support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who were the intended targets of the gun attack. [30][33][34] The last time a journalist was killed in the UK was the 2001 assassination of Martin O'Hagan. In those early days Lyra was fearless and naive in equal measures. View our online Press Pack. [15] Among these were articles she wrote for Mosaic[16][17] (republished by The Atlantic), The Belfast Telegraph, Private Eye[18] and BuzzFeed News. [10][11][12] In 2014, she came to wider public attention with the publication of a blog post titled "Letter to my 14-year-old self" in which she described the challenges of growing up gay in Belfast; it was subsequently made into a short film. [3] Her interest in journalism began at fourteen years old when she wrote for the school newspaper[4] at St Gemma's High School. Police said that a gunman then fired up to twelve shots towards police officers. The next day my package arrived and Lyra was relieved that it was not something she needed to hide from Mrs McKee, but was most disappointed to discover that it was a copy of Delia Smith’s book, How to Cook. [21] It concerns the disappearances of Thomas Spence and John Rodgers from Belfast's Falls Road in November 1974. New IRA admits carrying out cowardly murder of journalist Lyra McKee … Published 26 April 2019. [15], Publication of her first book, a non-fiction work titled Angels with Blue Faces, was imminent at the time of her death. One day, she said to me, ‘Lusty if there was one thing that I could do to be better at impressing hot women what would that be?’. Speaking inside the 100-year-old St … My generation sang and shouted about an alternative Ulster, Lyra showed us how to live it. The funeral service was attended by both UK and Irish political leaders, while her friends and family wore outfits recognising her favourite films. [30] Police blamed dissident republicans for her death. [36][45] On the same day police arrested a 57-year-old woman in connection with the murder; she was later released unconditionally. [48], McKee, and her friends' attempt to get a conviction after her death, are the subject of a documentary film, The Real Derry Girls, made by Peter Taylor for the BBC. [27] McKee's coffin was met with applause from the waiting public as it arrived at the cathedral. As we hugged and said goodbye, Lyra looked radiant. Our last words were a bit of a tradition. [52] In early June 2020, the murder weapon, a Hämmerli X-Esse .22 LR pistol, was recovered by police from the Ballymagroarty area of Derry. McKee sought crowdfunding to finance its publication,[4] and it was scheduled for publication by Excalibur Press. There were many times when her social media posts contained photos of culinary projects. Lyra McKee funeral: Murdered journalist was planning proposal A service celebrates the life of the 29-year-old, who was shot in the head while covering riots in Northern Ireland. With Lyra’s passing I believe the times, communities and peoples of all the British Isles have been robbed of the talents of someone destined to become an outstanding statesman. [30], The investigative website Bellingcat published an "Open Source Survey" of the shooting. She notably wrote "Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies", an article on teenage suicides linked to the conflict. Lyra McKee’s funeral was held on Wednesday 24 April 2019 in Belfast at St Anne’s Cathedral near Ms McKee’s north Belfast home. I told her that, at times, I didn’t feel like one of her best mates because I fell out with her twice a year. [19][23] At the time of her death, McKee was researching unsolved killings during The Troubles in Northern Ireland of the late 20th century. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. [14][15] At the time of her death, her second book, The Lost Boys, was scheduled for release by Faber in 2020,[22] but remained unfinished. A brief exchange on whether it was quicker to drive to Derry or LondonDerry. [46], On 25 April, the crime prevention charity Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the killing. In an instant, an ideal lifestyle and a golden future were gone and I found myself in a pretty dark place. [4], In 2018, she became a trustee of Headliners, the charity that had helped her as a teenager to start her career in journalism. Yes you guessed it, Lyra’s emergencies were indeed eclectic and as eclectic as her personality. I was fortunate to spend time with Lyra on Thursday, her last day. You could never fall out with Lyra in person, it was always online. [38] Other public figures to express condolences include Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; and former US President Bill Clinton. Sara assures me that it did get better, but I remain unconvinced. But it was not a flash in the pan, but built upon ten years of grafting and practice. [15], McKee wrote on the consequences of The Troubles. Almost everyone I knew turned away or faced the other direction, but Lyra was one of two friends who sought me out. [20] It deals with the Provisional IRA killing of Belfast MP Robert Bradford. She was Irish freedom", "Lyra McKee: Standing ovation as priest challenges politicians", "This is what happened last night during the violence in Derry", "Journalist shot dead in Derry during rioting in the city", "Lyra McKee murder: How was this allowed to happen? [27], On 18 April 2019, McKee was shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. She rang me one day and said, ‘Lusty, I’m going to Dublin to see the Taoiseach, would you like to come with me?’ I said, ‘Yes of course’. Thus you now know the reason Lyra loved to eat out. Violence broke out after police raids on dissidents with the aim of seizing munitions ahead of the Easter Risingcommemorative parades due to take place in the area that weekend. She never huffed, bore grudges and there was never little that couldn’t be put right with a hug and a Nandos. The exception to that rule was DC’s Wonder Woman, who is the only ­person in the world who could have given her beloved Sara a run for her money. [21][24], She gave a TEDx talk, "How uncomfortable conversations can save lives", at TEDxStormont Women in 2017, about the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. That it wasn’t an instant fix and that I would send her something. Lyra’s passing has left many holes, journalism, technology, all the communities that she was part of, her friends, and above all her beloved family and Sara. McKee, who was on Fanad Drive and standing near an armoure… To give her her dues, she tried, but I can tell many of us were on that journey with her. [50], On 11 February 2020, four men, aged 20, 27, 29 and 52, were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Derry. 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