Northern Ireland

Funeral of Patrick Harkin takes place in Londonderry

Paddy Harkin
Image caption Patrick Harkin was killed in an attack last weekend

The funeral has taken place of Londonderry man, Patrick Harkin, who was killed in the city last weekend.

The 49-year-old republican, who was originally from Creggan, died after an attack at his home in Bayview Terrace last Sunday.

His funeral cortege made its way from Creggan to St Mary's church on Saturday.

Parish priest, Fr Stephen McLaughlin, said the Harkin family had suffered "great grief".

"The last six days since you as a family got word of Paddy's death have undoubtedly been days of unbearable anguish," he said.

"You have had to endure the initial shock of hearing the news of his death and then the distressing fact that he died as a result of a violent attack in his own home."

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness and Martina Anderson removed the Irish tricolour from Mr Harkin's coffin before it was carried into the chapel for requiem mass.

Mr Harkin's son Sean carried a photograph of his father as he followed the coffin out of the church, after the funeral.

Paul Greatbanks, 46, from Bayview Terrace in the city, appeared in court this week charged with the murder of Mr Harkin.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of Paul Mythen, 39, from Letterkenny in County Donegal, who was taken to hospital in a critical condition.