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Funeral today of prominent Banbridge solicitor Arthur Downey

Solicitor Arthur Downey passed away at home on Saturday

A prominent Co Down solicitor is to be laid to rest today.

Arthur Downey, who set up Arthur J Downey Solicitors in Banbridge in 1981, died peacefully at home on Saturday.

Educated at St Colman's College, Newry, Mr Downey was part of a Gaelic football team which won both the MacRory and Hogan cups.

He graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1975 and qualified as a solicitor in 1978. He retired in 2018 but continued to be a presiding Chairman of Tribunals until his death.

A spokesman for the Law Society of Northern Ireland said it regretted Mr Downey's passing.

"The Law Society of Northern Ireland extends its sincere condolences to Mr Downey's family and friends during this difficult time," he said.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Patrick's Church in Banbridge at noon today followed by cremation at Roselawn in Belfast.

The Downey family has asked for donations to Cancer Research UK in lieu of flowers.

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