RTE Ireland’s Greatest – John Hume

While attending the SDLP 2010 conference for work, I happened to be at the ideal spot — front row — for the awarding of RTE’s Greatest Irishman to former SDLP leader, John Hume.

The award was given by RTE presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan, who said that she felt an enormous privilege and responsibility to do well by John, “because I genuinely felt that he was so important to the history of this island”.

She recalled her biographical research of Hume, citing his belief that the issue in Ireland was not “a divided land, but a divided people”, and how the Good Friday Agreement stemmed “from those early days in Derry”.

“Thank you, John. We’re all eternally indebted to you,” O’Callaghan concluded.

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