Morrin was a well-known LGBT rights activist in Derry and the northwest region, having worked regularly with the Rainbow Project in the city and appearing in local media as an advocate of gay rights. His legacy was praised earlier this week on the Mark Patterson show on BBC Radio Foyle, where he was described as “one of life’s true good guys”.
Tributes have been paid to Morrin from across Northern Ireland, including the Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly, who was “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear of the activist’s untimely death:
“Sean was a very popular person in Derry who worked tirelessly for the gay community campaigning for equality. His death will have a huge impact on the local community and my sympathies go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.”
Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson, also remembered Morrin with fondness:
“I have worked with Sean over many years in regards to his role in the Rainbow Project and hosted events at the [Northern Ireland] Assembly. He was a tireless campaigner for equality, human rights and the most marginalised in our community.”
Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats Chair, John O’Neill said:
“Sean Morrin’s untimely death brings to an end too soon a life lived in unstinting commitment to equality and freedom for all the people of Northern Ireland, especially those of his beloved home city.”
John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said:
“We are deeply saddened at the loss of our friend and colleague Sean. Sean was an amazing advocate who devoted his life to working and supporting other people and changed the lives of so many. The Rainbow Project, the LGBT community and the Foyle community have suffered a great loss with Sean’s passing and he will never be forgotten”.
The Foyle office of the Rainbow Project (20 Strand Road, Derry) has opened a book of condolences.