The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh, will open an online Book of Condolences to mark the passing of Mr. John Hume. The Book of Condolences will go live from 12 noon Today, 4th August 2020. “The fulsome tributes to Mr. Hume from right around the world bear testament to his work in achieving peace on this island,” said the Lord Mayor. “That achievement was truly immense and I am honoured as Lord Mayor to open the online Book of Condolences that will enable people to pay their own personal tributes to a truly remarkable and inspirational politician.” The online Book of Condolences is accessible through the following link: http://www.corkcity.ie/BookofCondolence
Mr Hume was granted the Freedom of Cork in 2004. The citation entered on the City’s Scroll of Freemen reads as follows:
“In recognition of his exceptional commitment to the cause of reconciliation on this island and for being a living testament to that fundamental principle of peace – respect for diversity. In recognition of the pivotal role he played in securing the historic Good Friday Agreement of 10th April, 1998, and his unwavering commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy. In admiration of his qualities as a man of honour, generosity, integrity and courage, but above all in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the cause of lasting peace.
For his exhortation that we spill sweat together, instead of blood and his conviction in the futility of violence; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork; For all this and more, The Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of Cork City Council consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct.“
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