born James Martin Pacelli McGuinness, came into this world on 23rd May 1950. He was a Sinn Fein politician, who like many others in this category, steered clear of participating in the Westminster parliament. Other seats he served during his career include provisional IRA leader, Mid Ulster Member of Parliament and minister of education in the Northern Ireland Executive.
Many people recognize him as being an Irish Republican who worked his way to being the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, a seat he occupied from May 2007 to January 2017. He resigned in protest to a scandal involving a renewable heat incentive. He later announced weeks after his resignation that he would not be contesting a parliamentary seat, owing to poor health.
McGuinness took ill in late 2016, and his doctors advised him against making international trips at the time. He was insistent on keeping his condition private and termed his lack of traveling as being due to unforeseen circumstances. He underwent many tests which revealed that he was suffering from a grave disease, details of which he refused to share with the media.
One media outlet, The Irish Times, however, went on to publish that he was suffering from amyloidosis, something which McGuinness did not take kindly, citing a breach of privacy. Amyloidosis affects the organs and is a rare disease with no cure. The condition progressed over time leading to his hospitalization on 6th March 2017 at the Derry's Altnagelvin Area Hospital. Fifteen days later, he passed on at the age of sixty-six.
McGuinness' middle name was after Pope Pius XII. He attended the Christian Brothers Technical College and decided to leave school at the age of fifteen. He later met Bernadette Caning with whom he had four children.
As a child, McGuinness has a keen interest in sports, a hobby he pursued even in his old age by cheering on football, cricket, and hurling teams. One of his favorite sports teams was Manchester United.
Martin McGuinness lived a full life and was able to impact many lives during his career. It is not for naught that many grieve him to this day. May he rest in peace.