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Tributes to Former South Down MP Eddie McGrady from the Bishop of Down & Dromore and the Dean of Down

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Added on 12/11/2013

The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore, and the Dean of Down, The Very Revd Henry Hull, have paid tribute to the former MP for South Down Mr Eddie McGrady who died yesterday.

From The Rt Revd Harold Miller:

Eddie McGrady was, quite simply one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His life was spent in the cause of peace and mutual understanding in Northern Ireland. He was also a man of faith, committed to understanding across the churches.

‘St Patrick’s Day in Down Cathedral will not be the same without him, and my last a treasured memory was praying with him during his illness in that most special of all places: his beloved Saul.’

From The Very Revd Henry Hull:

‘It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the death of Eddie McGrady yesterday. Eddie was a great friend and supporter of the Church of Ireland in Downpatrick and South Down. He was a model of tireless Christian service in the community and an outstanding example of political leadership working across the whole community for the greater good of all.

‘My first encounter of Eddie, within a few days of arriving in Lecale, was as we organised a cross–community vigil following the 9/11 attacks. Following that we cooperated closely in promoting the Christian Heritage of this locality through the St Patrick’s Centre and the St Patrick’s Signature Project.

‘His passing will be deeply felt by the whole community and our thoughts and prayers are for his family and all who will miss his friendship.’

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For further information, please contact

Annette McGrath
Down & Dromore Diocesan Communications Officer
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street

Tel: (028) 9032 2268
Fax:(028) 9023 1902
Mob: 07595 231958
Email: DCO
Web: www.down.anglican.org


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