Cyril Cave: BBC cameraman who filmed Bloody Sunday footage dies

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BBC cameraman Cyril Cave recalls the moment he filmed the "iconic" footage of Fr Daly on Bloody Sunday

Cyril Cave, the award-winning BBC cameraman who captured one of the enduring images of the Troubles, has died at the age of 91.

In Londonderry on Bloody Sunday in January 1972, he filmed a priest waving a blood-stained handkerchief as a dying man was carried along a street.

The injured man was Jackie Duddy, one of 13 people killed when soldiers opened fire on a civil rights march.

The priest was Father Edward Daly, who became the Bishop of Derry.

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Cyril Cave and soundman Jim Deeney - both seen here filming IRA gunmen in Derry's Bogside - had a close-up view of the Troubles

Mr Cave was born in Holywood in County Down and began his career as a newspaper photographer with the Lurgan Mail before moving to the Belfast Telegraph.

He started work as a news cameraman with BBC Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

Mr Cave was highly respected during the Troubles and won multiple Royal Television Society awards for his work.

He died in Castlewellan in County Down on Tuesday.

Robin Walsh, the Northern Ireland editor for BBC News in the 1970s, said Mr Cave was a "most brilliant, marvellous, courageous" cameraman.

"There was no-one better as a practitioner," said Mr Walsh.

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Cyril Cave has been described as one of the "unsung heroes" of the Troubles

"But also he was so generous in imparting advice and tips to colleagues - even actually to those in opposition to him.

News camera operators working during the Troubles were the "unsung heroes" of that period, added Mr Walsh.

"Cyril took absolutely no delight in covering what he had to cover.

"However, he captured images of bombings, of gun battles and riots that actually brought into the homes of Northern Ireland the horror that was unfolding.

"That was a great, great service that he provided."

Posting on Twitter, former BBC News reporter and newsreader Maxine Mawhinney said Mr Cave was "unique in his skills, knowledge and the craic".

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