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Arlene Foster pens elegy to late manager of Crom Castle


First Minister Arlene Foster

First Minister Arlene Foster

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First Minister Arlene Foster

One of the stars of a BBC documentary focusing on the financial struggles and responsibilities of owning and running Crom Castle in Co Fermanagh has died.

Noel Johnston’s death comes just weeks after the castle owner, the Sixth Earl of Erne, passed away in December.

First Minister Arlene Foster has paid a poignant tribute to Mr Johnston.

“Words cannot express how sorry I am with the news of Noel Johnston’s death,” she posted on her Facebook page, along with a picture of the pair dancing.

“The last time I was chatting to him was at the orange awards in Enniskillen a couple of weeks ago and he was in good form; but today he has left this mortal life.

“Noel and I danced on the lawn at Crom for Rodney Edwards’ video on happiness in Fermanagh. We had great fun. Today is a different day.

“To his mum, wife, boys and sisters I say be very proud of someone who was a good man. #greatmemories.”

Belfast Telegraph