[2] In March 2019 Irish Times writer Martin Doyle featured McKee in his article "Best of Irish: 10 rising stars of Irish writing". My generation sang and shouted about an alternative Ulster, Lyra showed us how to live it. She made me put a date in my diary for the wedding in Donegal in 2022 and gave me strict instructions to wear my kilt, adorn it with some Harry Potter, and to find or re-find my own version of Sara. She also served as an editor for Mediagazer, a news aggregator website. Lyra is the only person that I have ever met that has a block, delete, excommunicate button on her Apple Mac. Father Martin Magill said dissident republican gunmen who killed the journalist should lay down their arms. [4], The leaders of Northern Ireland's main political parties, the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP, SDLP, Alliance Party and Green Party, released a joint statement condemning the killing of McKee and described it as "an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace and democratic processes". [9], In 2011, McKee joined the staff of news aggregator Mediagazer, a sister site of technology news aggregator Techmeme. Friends of Lyra McKee, 29, cover HQ of New IRA-linked party with red paint in protest ahead of murdered journalist's funeral. [5] By the following year she joined Children's Express (shortly to be renamed Headliners),[6] a charity that supports young people through helping them develop journalism skills, and through that was awarded the Young Journalist Award by Sky News in 2006. Lyra had the grace of Mary Robinson, the humility of President Higgins, the drive and fairness of Baroness Blood, the imagination of Tolkien, and the energy of Oprah Winfrey. "[30], Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who had visited Derry only a few hours before the events, also condemned the murder. Faber and Faber had compared the work to that of Anna Funder's Stasiland and Andy O'Hagan's The Missing. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. [40][41] The same day the police had arrested two men, aged 18 and 19, on suspicion of involvement in McKee's murder. I told her that, at times, I didn’t feel like one of her best mates because I fell out with her twice a year. Yes you guessed it, Lyra’s emergencies were indeed eclectic and as eclectic as her personality. Speaking to mourners at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Stephen called for 'false starts' to be put aside and for 'an alternative Ulster' to be built. [4][19] In 2016 Forbes magazine named her as one of its "30 under 30 in media" because of her work as an investigative reporter. [27], McKee's funeral took place at the Anglican St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on 24 April. Lyra McKee funeral: Murdered journalist was planning proposal A service celebrates the life of the 29-year-old, who was shot in the head while covering riots in Northern Ireland. [27] McKee's coffin was met with applause from the waiting public as it arrived at the cathedral. The group stated that McKee wasn't the objective of the attack and offered its apologies to McKee's family and partner. [19][23] At the time of her death, McKee was researching unsolved killings during The Troubles in Northern Ireland of the late 20th century. McKee, who was on Fanad Drive and standing near an armoure… Lyra Catherine McKee (* 31. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. For other inquiries Contact Us. [30] McKee was taken by police, in an armoured Land Rover, to Altnagelvin Area Hospital, where she later died. "[30] The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, said "the loss of a journalist at any time in any part of the world is an attack on truth itself. But within an hour, Lyra had a dozen high-powered American technology investors eating out of her hand. The Catholic priest who criticised Northern Ireland's political leaders at the funeral of Lyra McKee has said he was reduced to tears after the service. [46], On 25 April, the crime prevention charity Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the killing. [30], A vigil at the site of her killing held on 19 April was attended by Colum Eastwood, Arlene Foster, Naomi Long and Mary Lou McDonald. Lyra was smart, kind, passionate, interesting, feisty, generous, funny, and above all else, truly compassionate. The next time I saw Brian he said, ‘What a star, but I would rather do ten rounds in a boxing ring with Paisley than do that again’. 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It never lasted long though. [42][43] They were released without charge the following day. Lyra Catherine McKee (/ˈlɪərə məˈkiː/[1] 31 March 1990 – 18 April 2019)[2] was a journalist from Northern Ireland who wrote for several publications about the consequences of the Troubles. Many of you will not realise that at times our wonderful Lyra could be vehemently sectarian. She showed me pictures of the ring she had bought for Sara and told me of the fabulous plans she had for the proposal in New York in May. Lyra McKee funeral: Theresa May greets journalist's family in poignant moment; Lyra, 29, was shot dead last week as she covered a disturbance in the Creggan area of Derry. [21] It concerns the disappearances of Thomas Spence and John Rodgers from Belfast's Falls Road in November 1974. ‘Was that dinner or the fading embers of an 11th night bonfire’, ‘Irish stew or lemon meringue pie?’ We could never tell. Call for ban on parades of hate after Dublin march by Saoradh", "CCTV released following Lyra McKee murder", "Journalist killed in Derry 'terrorist incident', say Northern Ireland police", "Derry police blame dissident republicans for journalist's death", "Northern Ireland: Freelance journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during riots", "New IRA admits murder of journalist Lyra McKee and offers 'sincere apologies, "At Lyra McKee's funeral in Belfast, the priest asks why it takes a young journalist's death for politicians to come together", "Church leaders roundly condemn murder of Lyra McKee in Derry", "Lyra McKee: Killing has led to 'palpable change' in community sentiment towards policing", "An Open Source Survey of the Shooting of Lyra McKee", "Lyra McKee: Is this the moment gunman fires shot that killed journalist in Derry? I was fortunate to spend time with Lyra on Thursday, her last day. As a journalist she lived in a world of questions. And anyone who prefers the superheroes of DC comics over those of Stan Lee’s Marvel was a subspecies not worthy of humanity. In those early days Lyra was fearless and naive in equal measures. The disturbances were centred on Fanad Drive. 2019 wurde McKee im Kontext von militanten Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei in Derry von einem Mitglied der Neuen IRA erschossen, die sich zu der Tat bekannte und die versehentliche Tötung McKees bedaue… News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. [15], Publication of her first book, a non-fiction work titled Angels with Blue Faces, was imminent at the time of her death. [49], Leona O’Neill, a fellow Derry journalist who witnessed and wrote about McKee's killing, later received online threats, alleging that she was responsible, or had invented her account of the shooting. New Northern Ireland talks process to begin on May 7. The journalist Lyra McKee’s coffin was carried out of St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast after her funeral on Wednesday as her partner, Sara Canning, behind left, followed. [13][14] McKee's work as a journalist included a number of pieces that appeared in both domestic and international media. Let us put all the false starts behind us and, once and for all, build an alternative Ulster that we, and especially our children can be proud of. I was assured that this was way better than the average of four or five and that one of her very special friends managed six times in a week. [21] She subsequently signed a two-book deal with Faber and Faber. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. [20] It deals with the Provisional IRA killing of Belfast MP Robert Bradford. [35], She was survived by her partner, mother, two brothers and three sisters. Lyra’s passing has left many holes, journalism, technology, all the communities that she was part of, her friends, and above all her beloved family and Sara. But when I enquired about the logistics of the venture she said, ‘I’m not sure, can you ring him and find out when he is free?’. I always knew this but I didn’t quite understand the full extent of her love for fine dining until my accountant called me one day and said, ‘Stephen you own an IT company?’, ‘Yes’, ‘Can you please explain why your biggest expenditure is Nandos?’ followed by, ‘I have reviewed your expenses and I sincerely hope the name of L McKee can be cross-referenced to one of your best paying clients’. LYRA McKee’s close friend and mentor, Stephen Lusty, gave an emotional eulogy at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast today during her funeral service. [15], McKee wrote on the consequences of The Troubles. Fr Martin Magill says NI politicians felt pressure at Lyra McKee funeral. [50], On 11 February 2020, four men, aged 20, 27, 29 and 52, were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Derry. Sara assures me that it did get better, but I remain unconvinced. [30][31] Mobile phone footage and police CCTV footage[32] shows a masked gunman, believed to be a member of the New IRA, opening fire with a handgun. [10][11][12] In 2014, she came to wider public attention with the publication of a blog post titled "Letter to my 14-year-old self" in which she described the challenges of growing up gay in Belfast; it was subsequently made into a short film. Speaking inside the 100-year-old St … To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. A brief exchange on whether it was quicker to drive to Derry or LondonDerry. Today we grieve but tomorrow let us fill that hole by adopting Lyra’s spirit, example and vision. When love wants to part we mourn. 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