Funeral of Bishop Edward Daly takes place in Derry

Dr. Daly famously went to the aid of civil rights protesters during Bloody Sunday

Funeral of Bishop Edward Daly takes place in Derry

Bishop Edward Daly holds a portrait of Jackie Duddy, who was shot dead in the Bogside area of Derry on Bloody Sunday | File photo: PA Images

The funeral of the former Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly has taken place in Derry.

Dr Daly was featured in an iconic photo from the Bogside in 1972, as he ran to help victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings waving a blood stained handkerchief.

Bishop Daly passed away on Monday at the age of 82, following a battle with cancer.

He is being laid to rest in the grounds of his former Cathedral of St Eugene's.

A tribute from Pope Francis was read out at the service this afternoon.

President Michael D Higgins joined the hundreds of mourners who congregated for the service.

President Michael D Higgins arrives at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry

Among others in attendance were Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, former SDLP leader John Hume, former Stormont MP Ivan Cooper and former Church of Ireland Primate Dr Robin Eames.

Dr Daly served as Bishop of Derry from 1974 until 1993, only stepping aside after suffering a stroke.

He was awarded the Freedom of the City in 2015, alongside his Church of Ireland counterpart.

In his homily, Bishop Donal McKeown said Dr Daly's legacy would be one that garners respect.