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Funeral of Martin McGuinness expected to bring Derry to a standstill

The city is also mourning the loss of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride

The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried past Free Derry corner in his home city.
The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried past Free Derry corner in his home city.
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MARTIN MCGUINNESS WILL be laid to rest in Derry City Cemetery today after a funeral that will be attended by world leaders past and present.

Sinn Féin’s former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland died on Tuesday after a short illness.

Former US President Bill Clinton is expected to be among those in attendance at the funeral with Irish President Michael D Higgins also attending the mass.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will also be in attendance at the funeral.

The funeral mass will be held at St. Columba’s Church in Derry at 2pm and will follow another high-profile funeral, that of Ryan McBride, captain of  Derry City Football Club.

Since his death at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday, McGuinness’ body has been lying at his home in the Bogside area of the city.

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It is expected that McGuinness’ body will be brought from his home towards the church at about 1.20pm.

Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will preside at the mass.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will also be in attendance at the funeral and the Irish tricolour will fly at half-mast over Leinster House for today.

Read: Large crowds turn out in Derry, Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin McGuinness >

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