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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ex-INM Chief Executive Liam 'a gentleman in the boardroom'

Eithne Healy, wife of Liam Healy is comforted by Friends and Family after the Funeral mass for Liam Healy who was former CEO of Independent Newspapers, at The Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook
Eithne Healy, wife of Liam Healy is comforted by Friends and Family after the Funeral mass for Liam Healy who was former CEO of Independent Newspapers, at The Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook
Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin
Eamon De Valera
The remains of Liam Healy are carried by Vincent Crowley [Former Chied Executive Independent News & Media] with James Cosgrave and Liam's son Eoin Healy
Harry Crosbie and Gay Byrne
Liam Healy

He was a "dignified gentle and compassionate gentleman" whose handshake was better than anyone else's written contract.

Former deputy chairman and chief executive of Independent News & Media Liam Healy - who passed away last Thursday at the age of 86 - had been equally at home in the boardroom as he was in "the outback in Australia".

Mourners at the funeral at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook were led by Mr Healy's wife, Eithne - a former chairwoman of the Abbey Theatre and former Arts Council member; their children Orla, Ciara, and Eoin, who is advertising sales manager at INM.

Grandchildren Orla, Ellie and Harry, Liam, Kate and Sam all played a role in the funeral Mass, fondly recalling memories of their beloved grandfather.

President Michael D Higgins was represented at the funeral by his aide-de-camp, Michael Kiernan.

Also in attendance were Kathleen Reynolds - widow to the late Taoiseach Albert Reynolds - broadcaster Gay Byrne, businessman Harry Crosbie and his wife Rita, Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin, Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief at INM, and James Morrissey, spokesman for Denis O'Brien.

Tony O'Reilly Jnr; Judy Woodworth, president of the Beit Foundation; Senator Maurice Hayes; Sheamus Smith, the former film censor; well-known poet Micheal O Siadhail; and Gary Hynes of the Druid Theatre were all present.

There was emotional applause for Eoin Healy as he paid tribute to his father, describing his father's gift for friendship and the poignancy of his last days.

"Mum quite simply never gave up on dad," he said.

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