Nelson Mandela and Northern Ireland's footsteps out of conflict
5 December 2013 Last updated at 22:22 GMT
The closest Nelson Mandela came to visiting Northern Ireland was as a mural on a gable wall along the Falls Road.
But his presence was felt in many ways as Northern Ireland moved from conflict to peace.
His long walk to freedom, from prison in 1990, inspired others to follow in his footsteps out of conflict.
Political correspondent Martina Purdy looks at Nelson Mandela's legacy for Northern Ireland.