Born Heather Maud Stewart in County Monaghan. Her family had farmed the land for generations. Heather grew up with her extended family living around her on the Cavan-Monaghan border and in the village of Drum.
Heather was reared in a traditional Presbyterian community, where the Church played a central role in community life.
She attended St Aidan’s Comprehensive School in Cootehill, Co Cavan, a co-educational multi denominational school, which represented a new approach to education.
The Stewart family lived close to the border with County Fermanagh.
The Troubles dominated much of Heather's childhood, which continued from her teenage years into adulthood. It was a conflict that was dominated by sectarian killings and bombings, concentrated initially on the border counties where she lived.
She has vivid memories of checkpoints, car hi- jackings, shootings in homes and relatives serving in the Northern Ireland police or prison service afraid to return home to visit elderly parents.
Heather also has some fond childhood memories of smuggling, especially milky bar chocolate and Malteser sweets!
Heather commenced her career in the Ulster Bank in 1978, rising through the ranks, until she was appointed an Assistant Bank Manager, at a time when few women held management roles in retail banking.
Later she became the Manager of the Cootehill Credit Union, overseeing the growth of business, resulting in the opening of a new premises in 2009.
In 1987, Heather married Eric Humphreys, a farmer from Dernaroy, near Newbliss in County Monaghan. They have two daughters Eva and Tara.
Heather Humphreys with her daughters Eva and Amy
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