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Archbishop of Armagh laments helicopter deaths

21 March 2014


Brought down: the helicopter wreckage near Gillingham Hall, last week 

Brought down: the helicopter wreckage near Gillingham Hall, last week 

TRIBUTES to the late Edward Haughey, also known as Lord Ballyedmond, who died with three colleagues in a helicopter crash in Norfolk last week, have been led by the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke. Dr Clarke was speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

"Among Lord Ballyedmond's many valuable contributions to society in Northern Ireland, he was a respected member of the board of governors of the Observatory and Planetarium, and our thoughts and prayers are with those both currently working at the scene of the crash, and those coming to terms with this tragic news."

Lord Ballyedmond, who was 70, was chairman of Norbrook, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world. He also owned Gillingham Hall, near the crash site. He was widely regarded as one of one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, and was formerly a member of the Irish Senate.

The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium was founded in 1789 by Archbishop Richard Robinson. The board of governors includes the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and the Dean and Chapter of the COI Cathedral of Armagh; and additional nominated members.

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