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Dairy industry ambassador passes away

Tributes have poured in for Lady Dufferin, the Marchioness of Dufferin, and Ava, who has passed away.

The 79-year-old, best-known as Lady Dufferin, died following a short illness. She ran Clandeboye Estate in Co. Down, one of Ireland’s oldest and largest estates.

‘A fantastically full life’

Announcing her death, Clanbeboyne Courtyard said she was “a friend to so many and was beloved by all”.

“We regret to announce the death of Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava, after a short illness.”

“Painting and Clandeboye were her twin passions and we can take some solace that her last months with us allowed her to indulge both and brought her peace and happiness doing the things she enjoyed most. She had a fantastically full life.”

Painting cows to producing award-winning yoghurt

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, has led tributes. “I was very saddened to hear of the death of Lady Dufferin last evening.”

“Lindy was such a wonderful person who I was privileged to know and who was always such an interesting conversationalist.”

“She was so proud of Clandeboye estate and all that had been achieved there, from music festivals to outside classrooms in the woods; from painting cows to producing award-winning yoghurt.”

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“She was also a great advocate for Northern Ireland and its people. My husband and I will very much miss her friendship,” she concluded.

Lifetime work in agriculture

Gordon Dunne MLA said: “She made a significant contribution to the local economy through her lifetime of work in agriculture, the environment and the arts and will be greatly missed.”

Andrew Muir ML said: “Lindy lived a really full life playing a massively positive role in North Down from her home at Clandeboye House”.

Dairy industry

Holstein NI said: “Holstein NI is deeply saddened by the passing of Lindy, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava.”

“’Lady D’, as she was affectionately known, was a true advocate of the Holstein breed and an ambassador for the dairy industry in Northern Ireland.”

“Her award-winning Clandeboye Holstein and Jersey herds are highly acclaimed throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and further afield.”

“Lady Dufferin extended her hospitality to Holstein NI on numerous occasions. We have been privileged and honoured to have had access to the beautiful Clandeboye Estate and Courtyard for various functions and events over the years.”

“In June 2017, delegates from throughout the UK had the opportunity to visit the estate and her private walled garden during the Holstein celebration visit to Northern Ireland.”

“Lady Dufferin will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Sincere sympathy to Mark Logan, Karen Kane, Bryan Boggs and Lady Dufferin’s Clandeboye ‘ family’.” The spokesperson concluded.

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