Cllr Peter O’Hagan RIP

The death was announced today of SDLP founder and Lisburn councillor Peter O’Hagan.

He will be sadly missed from the party and politics.

  • Paul

    my thoughts and preyers are with his this sad time god bless

  • Mark McGregor

    Met him a few times and he was always an absolute gentleman.

  • Fabianus

    I met him once, five years ago now, and my memory is also of a thorough gentleman. A very thoughtful man, who’ll be missed by many.

    What is it about this time of year that so many go? I’ve lost an old friend and a family member so far and it isn’t even Christmas yet.

    RIP Peter.

  • joeCanuck

    What is it about this time of year that so many go?

    Strangely, I believe many more than average appear to go just after the New Year. The theory is that people at death’s door can hold on for a short while to spend a last few days or weeks with friends and family.

  • Fabianus


    What you say makes sense. Me, I always put it down to Christmas being an emotional time and that somehow this can overtax our older citizens.

    But I’ve no wish to hijack this remembrance thread further so I’ll leave it at that.

    My condolences to Peter’s family and multitude of friends. A good man has left the building.

  • joeCanuck


    Agree with your sentiment. I obviously didn’t know the man but he seems to have been greatly respected.
    My condolences, for what they are worth, to his family.

  • Danny O’Connor

    So sad about the sad loss of Peter O’Hagan,a truly decent and principled man. I remember singing along with him to “The band played waltzing Matilda” on a number of occasions-after throats had been adequately lubricated,I am honoured to have known him.

  • wild turkey

    to all the above commentators

    i have downloaded these comments for my kids to give them an example of what civil and empathetic conversation on slugger can be like

    i do not pretend to Peter O’Hagan or his family… but your comments show is loved ones a justice and kindness

    due to a comment on another post in which i dared to take on the wit, wisdom and theological certainty of John ‘666’ O’Connell, it is like Stalingrad here. so i am closing down the bunker

    However to Joe C, Danny O’C, Mr Fab, Mark and Paul, have a peaceful and restful christmas.

    with kind regards


  • Danny O’Connor

    Wild turkey,thank you for your comment,Peter was a wonderful man who was respected by all who knew him,gaining support to be mayor of Lisburn shows how well respected he was.
    A very happy Christmas to you and those you love.

  • Salem

    Peter was a honest gentleman who truely deserved to the the first citizen of Lisburn. The Lisburn Council has lost one of its shining stars. The SDLP in Lisburn and Ireland, will miss him incredibly.

    The man was always full of wit and charm and always was a good source of knowledge and advice.

    My thoughts are with the family, cllr mc dermott and Cllr Heading.

    I know that the SDLP in Lisburn can continue to keep up with the good work and try to follow in his immense footsteps he left in lisburn.

  • Brendan C.

    I was very sorry to hear of the death of Peter O’ Hagan. He taught me in P7 in St. Aloysius’ Primary School in Lisburn in 1972/73. Shortly after this, my family moved to the Irish Republic and I never met him again. The fact that I remember him with fondness after all these years shows what a favourable impression he made on me. My deepest sympathy goes to his family. May he rest in peace.