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UTV's Aideen Kennedy bids sad farewell to sister Fiona

By Laura Abernethy

Published 04/05/2016

The coffin of Fiona Brady, sister of UTV reporter Aideen Kennedy, leaves Good Shepherd Church
The coffin of Fiona Brady, sister of UTV reporter Aideen Kennedy, leaves Good Shepherd Church
Aideen Kennedy
Fiona Brady

The funeral of the sister of UTV journalist Aideen Kennedy took place in Belfast yesterday.

Fiona Brady (44) died in the Royal Victoria Hospital last week following a short illness.

She had trained as a journalist and worked as a BBC producer before her death.

She was remembered in a ceremony at the Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road yesterday afternoon before a committal ceremony at Roselawn Crematorium.

In a funeral notice, her husband Conor, parents Noel and Maura, and sister Aideen said her death would be “deeply regretted by her loving husband, family and friends”.

More: Sister of UTV newscaster Aideen Kennedy dies aged 44

Aideen announced the sad news in a tweet to her 6,500 followers on Friday: “My beautiful sister Fiona passed away last night in the Royal. With my brothers Dara and Rory in heaven now.” It is the second family tragedy to hit the UTV star in under a year.

Last year her brother Dara died of cancer. Another brother, Rory, died in childhood.

Over recent months Aideen shared updates on the progress Fiona was making, also praising the skill and care of hospital staff.

Just the week before Fiona passed away, Aideen wrote: “Hey folks, you just never know what’s round the corner.

“Say a wee prayer for my sister in the Royal. They are such amazing people.”

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