Mayor Brian Tierney opens book of condolence for Dr. Tom McGinley

The Mayor of Derry and Strabane has opened an online book of condolence in memory of the late Dr. Tom McGinley who died on Thursday.

Mayor Tierney said his thoughts were with Dr. McGinley’s children Ciaran, Aisling, Ronan and Sinead, and his extended family and friends.

He said: “I was deeply saddened today to learn of the news of Dr McGinley’s passing, a man who has had such a profound effect on the lives of a countless number of families across our district and the wider North West region.

“It was after an encounter with a young man with terminal cancer that Dr McGinley pursued the idea of opening a palliative care facility in the city, and we are all immensely grateful for his determination, dedication and passion in following through and opening the Foyle Hospice.”

The Mayor said that by establishing the Foyle Hospice he had bestowed an incredible gift to the city.

“Dr McGinley has left a legacy on this city and its people that will last for generations to come and we know that his vision will continue to be delivered by the hard-working team at Foyle Hospice.

“The Freedom of Derry was one of many deserving honours that Dr McGinley received but for him that’s not what it was about – he wanted to help as many people and as many families as he could through some of their toughest days.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Dr McGinley’s children, his wider family circle and his many friends. I hope that they can take some comfort in knowing how deeply loved and appreciated he was by all across this city, district and region.”

To sign the online Book of Condolence, visit