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Archbishop Martin's mother-of-13 children dies

By Brett Campbell

Condolences have been offered to the Archbishop of Armagh following the death of his mother yesterday morning.

Catherine Martin, who was known as Katie and lived in the Pennyburn area of Londonderry, was in her 90s when she passed away.

She is survived by her 13 children, including the Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin.

Mrs Martin, who was originally from the small village of Iskaheen in Co Donegal, was predeceased by her husband, John James Martin, who died in June 2006.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St Patrick's Church in Pennyburn at 10am tomorrow before she is laid to rest. The SDLP Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle, has expressed his sympathy to the entire family circle.

"On behalf of my party, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Archbishop and the entire family, including Katie's many grandchildren and great grandchildren," he said. "They are a large traditional family and are very well known and highly respected throughout the city - they are the epitome of everything that is good and decent. They are in my thoughts at this very sad time."

SDLP leader and Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood also offered his condolences.

Mr Eastwood said: "On behalf of the SDLP, I want to extend sincere condolences to Archbishop Eamon Martin, friends and family of Mrs Martin at this sad time.

"The Archbishop and his family are in our thoughts and our prayers."

One family friend took to social media to express their sympathy.

"I wish to pass on my own personal condolences at this sad time," they wrote on Twitter.

"I know you will probably be stronger than most, but it is never easy to lose a parent.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family."

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