Tributes paid after sudden death of Ballylisk’s Dean Wright

Tributes are being paid to hard working Portadown farmer and Ballylisk of Armagh cheese founder Dean Wright after his sudden death this morning (Saturday).

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 20th February 2021, 9:16 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th February 2021, 9:33 pm
Dean Wright. Photo Pacemaker Press
Dean Wright. Photo Pacemaker Press

Police have confirmed they attended the scene of Mr Wright’s sudden death in the Brackagh Road area of the town.

A post mortem is to be carried out, however the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Social media has been flooded with tributes to Mr Wright.

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA described this morning’s news as ‘tragic’ and extended his sympathy and condolences to the entire Wright family at this very difficult time.

He added: “Dean was a well known individual in the district and a hard working farmer whom I had gotten to know well over many years. I had spoken to him many times as he actively worked developing new products using milk from his busy dairy farm and I know that his products, such as his Ballylisk cheese, were so popular in the district and indeed in markets much further afield. He will be sorely missed by his family and the wider community.”

Dean, who had a background in the meat industry, started to work with his father Jim in 2006. While continuing on with the mixed farming, he became interested in making cheese in 2015 and since then Ballylisk has won numerous awards and gained a number of high profile customers.