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Grief-hit towns are braced for funerals of Harry Starrett and Lisa McGowan

By Adrian Rutherford

Two grieving communities will come to a standstill today as funerals are held for a woman and child who died in separate tragedies.

Hundreds of mourners are expected in Armagh to pay their final respects to Harry Starrett.

The six-year-old boy died suddenly at his grandfather's farm near Armagh on Tuesday afternoon.

It is thought he died from an underlying heart condition.

His father Mark said Harry was "a fit and healthy wee boy".

"This is every parent's worst nightmare," he said.

"There wasn't a day in life that he wasn't down on that farm with me. He was full of beans.

"Anybody he came into contact with, he charmed them – he was just that sort of wee boy."

The funeral service will take place this afternoon at St Mark's Parish Church in Armagh, followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

Meanwhile, mourners will gather in Strabane for the funeral of Lisa McGowan, who was found dead at the weekend after going missing almost two weeks earlier.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious. The 44-year-old vanished from her home in Drumquin, Co Tyrone, on July 8.

Her body was discovered in the Drumquin area on Sunday evening after extensive searches.

Lisa's heartbroken husband Paddy said she was a "quiet but humorous soul" who brought happiness to everyone she met.

A short service will be held at the family home in Drumquin before the funeral cortege leaves for Christ Church in Strabane for the funeral service at 1pm.

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