Mourners told of “huge loss” at tragic passing of leading businessman

March 31, 2014

Mourners at the funeral on Monday last of Edward Haughey heard how the leading businessman and founder of Newry-based Norbrook Laboratories Ltd., was an example of what hard work and determination can achieve and that his tragic death is “a huge loss” to many.

A self-made, multi-millionaire and one of Northern Ireland’s richest men, Lord Ballyedmond was killed in a helicopter crash along with his employee, site foreman Declan Small, and two pilots, when the aircraft came down shortly after take off from his stately home in Norfolk on March 14th.

Requiem Mass for the 70-year-old Mr Haughey was held in the Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Colman in Newry.  Many high profile politicians, including the First and Deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, featured among the hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their final respects.

During his homily, Canon Francis Brown revealed that Lord Ballyedmond made many significant and often private donations to charities and educational establishments in the local area.

“Edward made many significant donations over the years to educational establishments and charitable organisations.  Most of these were never published and many charities and schools in the locality benefited. He had a keen interest in the development of the science subjects in all educational establishments,” he told the congregation.

Adding that the peer’s death is “painful for many people”, he said: “Many people in Newry, and far beyond are suffering a huge loss. They are identifying, in the best way they can, with the pain and tremendous loss suffered by his wife Mary, his daughter Caroline, his sons Edward and James, the Haughey family and Edward’s many friends.”

Following the service, Lord Ballyedmond was laid to rest in St. Bridget’s cemetery, Kilcurry, Co. Louth.