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Sudden death of former Newry and Mourne Mayor Michael Cole

4 July, 2008

Mayor of Newry and Mourne Colman Burns has said that he is completely shocked at the news of the sudden death of former Mayor, Mournes CouncillorMichael Cole.

Cllr Burns said:

"The news of Michael's death has shocked us all. He was highly popular and well respected Councillor. His family are in our thoughts and prayers as they try to come to terms with Michael's death. On behalf of the entire community I extend our deepest sympathies.

"On a personal basis I am deeply saddened. I sat beside Michael at Council since I entered the Council in 2000, and despite being in different political parties I always saw him as a friend. He was a dedicated and hard working Councillor. This is a sad day."

SDLP Councillor Michael Cole was Mayor in June 2007 to June 2008. He died suddenly last night whilst refereeing a local GAA Match.

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