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Tributes paid following death of Newry’s oldest resident

Tributes have been paid following the death of Newry’s oldest resident, Mrs Sally Brady, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 107.

The mother of Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh, Mickey Brady, Sally celebrated her milestone birthday just two months ago.

A mother-of-five, with 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, she was an avid reader and witty conversationalist, described by her family as “a typical Irish mother”.

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, expressed his sympathy to the Brady family and recalled how he had “the honour and privilege” of meeting Sally during a visit to Stormont with her son.

Stating that he learned of her death “with great sadness”, Mr McGuinness said he found her to be “a charming and intelligent lady with a great spirit”.

“She lived a long and full life which spanned two centuries and witnessed many changes in that time.  My thoughts and prayers are with Mickey, the wider Brady family circle and their friends at this sad and difficult time,” he said.

Sally was predeceased by her husband Willie in 1985, and her son Jim in 1998.

Left to mourn her passing are her surviving children Mickey, Mary, Theresa and Lilian, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Catherine’s Church, Dominic Street, Newry on Saturday and Sally was laid to rest in Monkshill Cemetery.