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Funeral for Irish Haiti victim

Andrew Grene
Andrew Grene will be buried in Belturbet, County Cavan

The funeral of an Irish aid worker killed in the Haiti earthquake has taken place on Sunday.

Andrew Grene, who was born in the US but spent part of his childhood in Belturbet, County Cavan, assisted the head of the UN mission in Haiti.

The 44-year-old, whose wife Jennifer is from County Down, was killed when the UN building he was in collapsed.

His body was returned to Dublin on Saturday and he was buried on Sunday afternoon in Belturbet.

Mr Grene, in whose name a charity is now being set up, was born in Chicago and grew up between the US and County Cavan, on a small farm outside Belturbet.

He was interred alongside his father, who was a renowned Professor of Classics at Chicago University.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer, sons Patrick and Alexander who were born in Belfast, and his daughter Rosamund who was born in the United States.

Following his death, Mr Grene was described the Irish foreign minister Micheal Martin as "a great humanitarian".

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