Former Burnley Mayor and community champion dies

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A FORMER Burnley Mayor and devoted community campaigner who was recognised for her fighting spirit and sympathetic ear has died.

Mrs Irene Cooney, who was in her nineties, was a Labour Party stalwart, staunch Catholic and was involved with a plethora of community projects across the borough.

In an interview with the Burnley Express in 1991, Mrs Cooney said her greatest triumph had been gaining recognition for autistic children and providing special training for them.

Mrs Cooney was heavily involved in fund-raising for St John’s Church in Ivy Street and at one time was president of the Union of Catholic Mothers.

For more on this story and tributes to Mrs Cooney don’t miss Tuesday’s Burnley Express.