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Newspapers lament loss of patch’s political and sporting giants

Two rival newspapers both split their front pages to cover the deaths of two notable people from their patch.

Both the Derry News and the Derry Journal ran similar fronts, on Thursday and Friday respectively, in remembrance of both Martin McGuinness and Ryan McBride.

Mr McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army leader who later went on to serve as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, died on Tuesday aged 66.

His passing came just two days after the 27-year-old Ryan McBride, captain of Derry City Football Club, was found dead at his home.

Derry leaders

On Thursday, the News pictured both on its front page – terming them the city’s “lost leaders” – as part of 30 pages of coverage on the two men’s deaths.

The following days’ edition of the Journal featured images of both men’s coffins being carried, accompanied by the headline ‘A city in mourning’.

Derry Journal

The Journal’s back page was adorned in Derry City’s red and white stripes, and featured a poem about Mr McBride written by the club’s manager Kenny Shiels.

The newspaper previously ran a special edition following the death of Mr McGuinness, which went on sale on Wednesday.

Derry Ryan


The News, which publishes on Monday and Thursday, took the decision to reprint the former edition last week after news of Mr McBride’s death broke after its 8pm deadline on Sunday night.

Editor Ciaran O’Neill said: “Ryan was an inspirational captain for Derry City. It was such a sad and shocking story and was one that we felt the local paper would need to do justice to.

“We took the decision around 11pm to reprint the front and back pages with tributes to Ryan.

“Our printers, Interpress in Belfast, and our distribution company were brilliant and we managed to get the paper reprinted in the early hours of the morning and in the shops for more or less the normal time.”