18 February 1999 Edition

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Paddy Mac - a tribute from a friend

Tuesday 9 February marked the first anniversary of the death of Paddy McManus, or Paddy Mac as we all knew him. At the time of his death Paddy Mac was a Sinn Fein councillor representing the Oldpark area on Belfast City Council.

It was a day that brought a lot of sadness to his family and friends as well as his comrades in the New Lodge Sinn Fein Advice Centre.

After attending a memorial mass for Paddy in St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street several of his friends and comrades travelled to his grave in Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh to pay their respects to a man who has been sadly missed.

In Fermanagh we met up with Paddy's family and in the cemetery in Maguiresbridge laid floral tributes at his grave.

As part of the tribute to Paddy a splendid and powerful oration was delivered by Paddy's long time companion and comrade Joe `Hannibal' Hayes who left those in attendance with lots to ponder as he described, in his own unassuming way, his many years spent with Paddy in the community as well as ``behind the wire''.

Paddy's comrades would like to thank Paddy's family in Fermanagh for the hospitality they showed to them after the graveyard ceremony.

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