Lord Ballyedmond crash death 'huge loss'

Published Monday, 24 March 2014
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The death of Northern Ireland peer Lord Ballyedmond in a helicopter crash in England is a "huge loss" to those who knew him, mourners at his funeral service in Co Down have heard.

Lord Ballyedmond crash death 'huge loss'
Mourners pay their respects to Dr Edward Haughey at his funeral service in Newry (© Pacemaker)

Dr Edward Haughey, who took his title from Ballyedmond Castle which he owned in Rostrevor, died on the evening of Thursday 13 March.

The helicopter in which the 70-year-old was travelling crashed in Norfolk, killing all four people on board.

The other victims were colleague and site foreman Declan Small, who was from Mayobridge in Co Down, and two pilots named as Captain Carl Dickerson and Captain Lee Hoyle.

Mr Small's funeral took place in his native village on Sunday.

Funeral mass for Dr Haughey - who was born in Kilcurry, near Dundalk in Co Louth in 1944 - was held at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Colman in Newry on Monday.

He was buried in the parish cemetery at Kilcurry on Monday afternoon.

Lord Ballyedmond's death is painful for many people. Many people in Newry, and far beyond are suffering a huge loss.

Canon Francis Brown

"Any death in our community saddens us. We feel especially for the relatives and the friends," Canon Francis Brown told mourners gathered for the funeral service.

"Death is always a shock; even if we know that a person is not well. At a time such as this, we have many words and few words - many words to say what is unimportant and few words to say the real, caring things to each other."

Dr Haughey, who was made a UUP peer in 2004 before switching to the Conservative Party, was one of Northern Ireland's richest men and founded the world-renowned Norbrook Laboratories.

Canon Brown paid tribute to him as "a self-taught, hard-working, determined individual who had a thirst for knowledge" and who had made significant donations to charities and schools without recognition.

He added: "In the late 1960s, Edward returned to Ireland and set up Norbrook Laboratories, bringing employment to many people in the city of Newry and the surrounding area.

"Edward started as a sole trader operating on a very small scale and grew the business to its present scale. As Chairman and Managing Director of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. and Norbrook Holdings, he employed approximately 3,000 people globally, with 2,000 staff based in Newry City - many of them graduates and highly qualified PhD scientists."

Dr Haughey is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Caroline and sons Edward and James.

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Patrick Pius Bennett in Edmonton alberta Canada (originally from mullaghbawn) wrote (312 days ago):
lord have mercy on your soul. you were the best ambassador Ireland every had. my sympathy to his wife and kids
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