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Brian Conlon, founder and CEO of Newry based company First Derivatives has died.

The Newry man responsible for the employment of thousands in the city leaves behind a wife and young family.

Brian Conlon
Brian Conlon

Mr Conlon founded First Derivatives in 1996 and was CEO of the company ever since. His company is one of Newry's largest employers and employs more than 2000 people worldwide, most of them based in Newry, on Canal Quay and Hill Street.

In mid May the company announced that he was undergoing cancer treatment but that he would remain as CEO during his treatment.

Brian Conlon with the late Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness at First Derivatives in 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Brian Conlon with the late Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness at First Derivatives in 2014. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Tributes are already starting to come in for the popular Newry man.

Conor Murphy MLA said “I engaged with Brian on numerous occasions and always found him to be hugely committed to the Newry area and region.

 “Brian Conlon and his partners have grown First Derivatives from a small local company into a globally renowned company, over those years they have given many young people from the area and across Ireland opportunities to gain employment and to travel the world.

“I would like to extend my sympathy to Brian’s wife, children and entire family circle.”

The Crooked Lake Triathlon posted on Facebook 

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Brian Conlon CEO of First Derivatives, true friend, loyal supporter and sponsor of Crooked Lake Triathlon for many many years. A real gentleman who despite his global business success stayed fiercely loyal to the people of his home town of Newry. "

Newry.ie would like to pass on our sympathy to his wife Julie and family and the entire family circle.

Update 10pm 28/7

Speaking about their loss Seamus Keating, Executive Chairman at First Derivatives commented: “Brian built a world-class business in First Derivatives. His drive, ambition and determination inspired all who had the privilege to work with him. This news is a profound shock to all of us. We offer Brian’s family our sincerest condolences and ask for privacy on their behalf at this sad and most difficult of times.”

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