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Armagh village rocked by mother's suicide

Mum-of-two takes her own life in Richhill

By Victor Gordon

Another suicide has rocked rural Co Armagh, with the death of a young Richhill mother of two.

Mrs Julie McSorley (36) took her own life early yesterday morning at her home in the Sleepy Valley district of the village.

She leaves two young sons - Mark (12) and Matthew (8). She is also survived by her mother Josie as well as her siblings, including a twin sister.

Yesterday, police confirmed the death of a 36-year-old woman in Richhill, adding that a crime was not suspected.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the sudden death of a man in Ballynahinch, reported at 8am on Wednesday. It is understood that he had been found hanged.

"A crime is not suspected," a PSNI spokeswoman said.

Mrs McSorley's death adds to a spate of suicides that have blighted Co Armagh. Richhill is close to Laurelvale, Tandragee, Armagh and Portadown, where there have been several suicides this year.

Four took place in Laurelvale, including three students at Craigavon Senior High School; two in Portadown, both immigrants; and one each in Armagh, Tandragee and Craigavon.

Assembly member and ex-Armagh mayor William Irwin said: "This sad death of a young mother adds further suffering and grief to another local family.

"Julie was originally a member of the well-known Brennan family in Richhill and I knew her well.

Another ex-mayor, Jim Speers, said: " To lose a family member in this way must be almost impossible to bear. Our thoughts are with the family."

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