Northern Ireland

Corrymeela founder Ray Davey dies

Ray Davey, the founder of the Corrymeela community, has died.

He set up the organisation in 1965 to promote Christian reconciliation and peace-building, and led the community until his retirement in 1980.

Born in Dunmurry in 1915, Mr Davey played for the Ulster rugby team before the outbreak of World War Two.

He was a prisoner-of-war in Italy and Germany after he was captured in Tobruk, North Africa.

After the war ended, he served as a Presbyterian chaplain at Queen's University from 1946 to 1970.

Belfast Telegraph religious correspondent Alf McCreary said Mr Davey had left a lasting legacy.

"Corrymeela showed that you could build bridges across the community in a practical way," he said.

"They didn't preach Christianity, they lived it, and Ray showed that reconciliation would be the only way forward."

Alliance Party leader David Ford said Mr Davey was a "huge inspiration".

"Ray was a man with a vision for a transformed and reconciled Northern Ireland, but he was not just a visionary as he put that vision into practice in his work as chaplain at Queen's University and as founder leader of Corrymeela," he said.

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