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In Brief Pro-life advocate Nora Bennis
Ireland pays tribute to pro-family advocate

Tributes have poured in for pro-life advocate Nora Bennis, who died at the age of 78 on February 11.

The Limerick woman, who was well-known for promoting traditional Catholic values, stood for election in both the European and General Election in 1994 and in 2016. She also initiated a group called the Irish mothers working in the home association after the X case reopened the national abortion debate in 1992.

She is survived by her three daughters and a son.


 donates organ to Catholic school

An organ worth £40,000 (€45,662) has been given to a Catholic boys’ grammar school by its Presbyterian church neighbour which closed recently.

The grand instrument, which once graced Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church on Antrim Road in north Belfast, has now taken up residence down the street in the assembly hall at St Malachy’s College.

The church was forced to shut its doors in October after 133 years due to a depleting congregation, and has since merged with Whitehouse Presbyterian Church.