05 Oct 2022

Tributes paid to Derry Republican and dear friend of the late former Deputy First Minister

Tributes have been paid to a Derry Republican who died today, Jamesie Quinn, dear friend of the late former Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness. Acknowledgements for the late Mr Quinn were shared via social media. William McGuinness, brother of the late Martin McGuinness, wrote: “A true friend and comrade until the end. No task was too great nor too small for Jamesie , when we were in need he was a friend in deed.” Derry Sinn Féin MLA, Raymond McCartney, wrote: “Today we mourn the loss of Jamsie Quinn, a man of great integrity and courage. We have lost a lifelong Republican who was always there. Thoughts with the Quinn family. “The expression, ‘May the wind be always at your back’ comes to mind. “Go raibh an gaoth go brách ag do chul.” Phil Cunningham, Derry author, wrote: “Jamesie Quinn, fisherman, legend and friend to many, many people from all walks of life. Rest in Peace.” Former Sinn Féin Councillor, Colly Kelly extended his sympathies to the Quinn family: “So sad to hear this, thoughts are with the Quinn family at this sad time.” While Paddy Roddy, a lifeling friend of Mr Quinn’s left a very poignant and touching tribute, citing the A.E. Housman poem, A Shropshire Lad. “So sad today to learn of the death of a lifelong friend, Jamsie Quinn, one of life's gentlemen. “We learned so much as his friend the memories of hunting, shooting and fishing will never be forgotten; many the riverbank and mountain we walked together but will never walk again brings the great poem of A. E. Housman's from the Shropshire Lad . “Into my heart on air that kills, From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? “That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went, And cannot come again. - Rest peacefully, my friend.” Pictured above: Left - The late Jamesie Quinn and on the right, the late Mr Quinn with his friend, the late Martin McGuinness.

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