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18 November 2006 - Blue Plaque Unveiling - Sir Edward Coey

The only Liberal Mayor of Belfast, a pioneer food processor magnate, benefactor of many good causes - all aspects of Sir Edward Coey, whose memory was marked with a blue plaque at his home, Merville House in Newtownabbey, where he lived between 1855 and his death in 1887. The project had been initiated by Stephen Hamilton of Melville Residents Association, who had approached the Ulster History Circle, and backed by the Newtownabbey Borough Council.

The unveiling ceremony was unusual, with three participants, representing - Sir Edward's family (in the person of his great great great neice Mrs Mary McBride); Newtownabbey Borough Council (through Councillor Lynn Frazer, Mayor) and Belfast City Council (Councillor Ruth Patterson, Deputy Mayor). Other dignatories present were Councillors Vera McWilliams and Paula Bradley, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of Newtownabbey's Arts and Heritage Committee and Samantha Curry, Heritage Officer.

Also represented at the ceremony was Larne Grammar School, for which Sir Edward had donated the land for its construction and to which he had later made a substantial donation. The school attendees were the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Albert Wilson, the Principal, Mr John Wilson and three senior pupils, Catherine Semple, Ashley Thompson and Adam Young.

Doreen Corcoran, Chair of the Ulster History Circle, starts the unveiling ceremony - PHOTO Pat Devlin  - PHOTO Pat Devlin  - PHOTO Pat Devlin
Doreen Corcoran, Chair of the Ulster History Circle, starts the unveiling ceremony
Mrs Mary McBride (GGG-Neice of Sir Edward), Councillor Lynn Frazer, Mayor of Newtownabbey and Councillor Ruth Patterson, Deputy Mayor of Belfast, unveil the plaque
Adam Young, Ashley Thompson and Catherine Semple, all of Larne Grammar School.
 - PHOTO Pat Devlin  - PHOTO Pat Devlin  - PHOTO Pat Devlin
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Lynn Frazer
Deputy Mayor of Belfast, Ruth Patterson
Mrs Mary McBride
 - PHOTO Pat Devlin From Left:  PHOTO Pat Devlin
What fun to be here! Mrs Mary McBride, Councillor Ruth Patterson and Councillor Lynn Frazer
Councillor Lynn Frazer, Catherine Semple, Ashley Thompson, Adam Young, Mrs Mary McBride and Councillor Ruth Patterson


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