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Deserved tributes to Henry Henvey

Many people have always had good reason to be grateful for the dedicated service provided by the late Henry Henvey during his decades as the keeper of the St John's Point Lighthouse at Killough in Co Down.

Mr Henvey, who was buried yesterday at the age of 87, had a life-long association with the tallest lighthouse on the island of Ireland which has been in operation for more than 170 years.

As we report today, he had particularly fond memories of the period when the legendary and outspoken writer Brendan Behan caused mayhem during his employment as a painter on the landmark in the 1950s.

Mr Henvey devoted his career to ensuring that the lighthouse maintained its vital work and all the tributes he has received, including the poignant ceremony when a foghorn was sounded in his honour in his home village yesterday, were well deserved.

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