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Tributes paid to mother of Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin with his mother Catherine. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Seamus McKinney

THE funeral will take place tomorrow of Catherine Martin, mother of Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin.

Originally from Iskaheen in Co Donegal, Mrs Martin (née Crossan) spent most of her life living in Derry's Pennyburn area and was in her 90s when she died yesterday morning.

Fr Michael McCaughey, parish priest at St Patrick's, Pennyburn, said she was a "very fine person, a great parishioner, a great mother and great grandmother who was very dedicated to the parish".

“She was a lady of great faith and was an example and inspiration to all in the parish. We were all very fond of her."

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Patrick's at 10am tomorrow, followed by burial at St Patrick's cemetery at Iskaheen.

Mrs Martin's death is the second bereavement suffered by Dr Martin and his family in the last week.

An elderly uncle, Colum Martin, who also lived in Pennyburn, was buried in Iskaheen on Tuesday.

Last September, Archbishop Martin unveiled a plaque in Iskaheen in memory of his great-uncle, Edward Doherty, and others who were killed at the Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War.

Mrs Martin is survived by Dr Martin and his five brothers and six sisters.

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