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John Raymond McClean
Born (1933-01-16)16 January 1933
Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Died 29 January 2011(2011-01-29) (aged 78)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
  • St Columb's College
  • Royal College of Surgeons
Occupation Military physician, General practitioner
Spouse(s) Sheila McClean
Children 2

Dr. Raymond McClean (16 January 1933 – 29 January 2011) was an Irish nationalist politician and physician from Northern Ireland.

He studied at the Royal College of Surgeons' Medical School (Dublin), where he qualified as a medical doctor, before joining the Royal Air Force. He then worked as a general practitioner in Derry, also acting as club doctor to Derry City F.C. and local amateur boxing clubs. Concerns about housing conditions led him to join the civil rights movement. He was present at Bloody Sunday.[1]

The following year, in 1973, he was elected for the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) to Londonderry City Council, and was immediately elected as first nationalist mayor of the city since 1923.[2] He held his seat on Londonderry City Council at the 1977 election, but did not stand in 1981.[3] Later in life, McClean wrote about Bloody Sunday and the events leading up to it, holding a special interest in the long-term effects of the use of CS Gas. He died in 2011, and was survived by his wife Sheila, son Sean, and daughter Sheila.[1]


McClean authored two books, The Road to Bloody Sunday, and A Cross Shared, and jointly authored a report providing medical perspectives on the deaths of some marchers on Bloody Sunday.

After treating more than 200 cases of CS gas exposure, he had a letter to the British Medical Journal published, on the effects of CS gas use in the Bogside, during The Troubles in Derry.[4]

  • "The Road to Bloody Sunday", (978-0946451371 Poolbeg Press, 1983), (Revised Edition, Guildhall Press, 1997)
A biography and personal memoir that detailed his experience during Bloody Sunday in Derry. It was firstly published for the 25th anniversary of the march.[5]
  • "A Cross Shared", (Donegal Democrat, 1988)
Details McCleans experiences working as a Concern volunteer doctor in famine struck Ethiopia in the early 1980s. (Template:OL book)
  • "Bloody Sunday : the Breglio Report" Robert J Breglio, Don Mullan, Raymond McClean. (OCLC 60456684 Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, 1997)
Provided medical and ballistics analyses of the shooting of 3 of the marchers on the day.[6]


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Civic offices
Preceded by
Post vacant
Mayor of Londonderry
Succeeded by
Jack Allen

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