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Former top TV reporter Roisin Walsh dies after long illness

One of Northern Ireland’s first high-profile women television reporters has passed away following a long illness.

Roisin Walsh-Dunseith, wife of BBC veteran David Dunseith, died at the weekend.

The 71-year-old was a former reporter and presenter with UTV and had been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease for some time when she passed away on Friday at Downe Hospital in Downpatrick.

The couple had been together for over 25 years and had three sons, Benny, Philip and Connor.

Mrs Walsh-Dunseith started her career at UTV in the early 70s and was last seen on screen reminiscing about her TV career on a programme celebrating 50 years of the network.

Her son Philip yesterday led tributes to his mother, saying that her death had left “a massive hole in our lives”.

“This is a huge loss despite the fact that she had been ill for some time,” he said.

“She was a great mother and a wonderful grandmother and we will miss her dearly.”

The late Mrs Walsh-Dunseith will be laid to rest at Roselawn following a service at Stella Maris Catholic Church in Strangford, where she and former Talkback host David had lived for decades.

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