Watch: Mid West media unite with tribute to Lyra

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Members of Limerick's local media attend a vigil remembering Lyra McKee. Photo: Cian Reinhardt
Members of Limerick's local media attend a vigil remembering Lyra McKee. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

A VIGIL in honour of journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed in Derry in the early hours of Good Friday, was organised by local media in Limerick on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old reporter was fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry.

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Norma Prendiville, Limerick Leader journalist and Chair of the South West branch of the National Union of Journalists Ireland quoted President Michael D Higgins in saying “the death of any journalists, any place in the world is an attack on truth”.

“I think that’s very clearly what we all felt when we woke up to the news, or heard the news last Thursday and Good Friday. Lyra McKey was very clearly a young woman of great talent, I think she won her first journalism award at the age of 15 or 16.


“She was anti-sectarian and non-sectarian, and stood for justice and I think that’s hugely important in the days we are here. She stood up for the best in journalism which is to stand up for the truth, and always seek out the truth, no matter how difficult.”

Ms Prendiville asked to remember Lyra McKee’s partner, family, friends, and colleagues of a journalist who work in difficult conditions in the north of Ireland.

“We’d just like to send a message to all of them that we stand with them and we stand with Lyra, and may she never be forgotten.”