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Funerals to be held for two men who died in tragic falls in Mournes

Seán Byrne and Robbie Robinson died in separate falls in the Mourne Mountains

THE funerals will take place today for two men who died in falls in the Mourne Mountains.

Family and friends of Seán Byrne and Robbie Robinson will gather to say their final farewells in Camlough and Banbridge.

They died in separate accidents on the Co Down mountain range within an hour of each other on Sunday.

Mr Byrne died on Wee Binnian shortly before lunchtime, while Mr Robinson, a former senior RUC and PSNI officer, died on Slieve Commedagh shortly before 1pm.

Both men, who were married with children, were in their sixties and were experienced walkers.

Mr Byrne, a trustee and former treasurer of Craobh Rua Camlocha hurling club, had been walking with a friend to take photographs when the tragedy happened.

The club have paid warm tribute to Mr Byrne, saying he had a great love for it and "showed this over the years by the giving freely of his time and experience to help us develop and become rooted within our community".

"He possessed great gifts of commitment, integrity, calmness and care. He loved his family, his community, Gaelic sport and culture."

Requiem Mass for Mr Byrne will take place at the Church of St Malachy, Carrickcruppen at 11am today followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

The family of Mr Robinson said he was an experienced walker and that he "loved life".

They also praised the efforts of mountain rescue team and police officers who were involved in the operation following his fall.

His funeral will be held at Seapatrick Holy Trinity Parish Church, Banbridge at 1.30pm today followed by interment in Banbridge New Cemetery.

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