Strabane's 'Fast Talker' dies aged 90

One of Strabane's local legends, "The Fast Talker" George Cunningham, has died at the age of 90.

Mr. Cunningham's fast paced dialaogue became legendary after he was interviewed by UTV reporter Charles Witherspoon in the 1970s.

The news clip featured interviews with Strabane men angry about the town's high unemployment.

However, it was George Cunningham's mile-a-minute speech which people remember, as the veteran broadcaster struggled to get a word in edgeways.

The news clip was shown many times over the years on shows such as "It Will Be Alright On The Night." He regarded his "fast talking" as a special gift.

Mr Cunningham, of Mourne Place, Strabane, died peacefully at Woodmount Nursing Home in Strabane yesterday.

His remains will repose at his son David's home at 32 Brookvale, Strabane from 4pm this afternoon.

Mr Cunningham's funeral will take place on Friday morning at 9.20 for 10 o'clock Requiem Mass in St Mary's Church, Melmount, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery

His family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to Woodmount Nursing Home Residents' Comfort Fund, c/o Quigley Funeral Directors, 1A Newtown Place, Strabane.