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Tributes paid to popular Fermanagh man Noel Johnston who has died

First Minister Arlene Foster recalls dancing with Noel on the lawn at Crom Castle

Popular Fermanagh man Noel Johnston has died on Friday.

He was one of the stars of a BBC documentary focusing the financial struggles and responsibilities of owning and running Crom Castle.

It comes just weeks after the castle owner, the 6th Earl of Erne passed away in December.

First Minister Arlene Foster has paid a poignant tribute to Noel.

"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."

Lisbellaw United Football Club described Noel as "a true gent".

"All at the club deeply saddened at the passing of Noel Johnston, a true gent," the club posted on Twitter.

"Our thoughts are with all the Johnston family."

The Carriage Rooms, a privately owned country estate in Co Down, also paid tribute to Noel.

"So very sad to hear of the passing of Noel Johnston. Noel was a great friend of Montalto and did absolutely tremendous not to mention admirable work at Crom Castle," they posted on their Facebook page.

"Our thoughts are very much with Noel's family and colleagues at this most awful time."


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