Food and film worlds say fond farewell to critic Paolo Tullio
Film-maker John Boorman paid an emotional tribute to his great friend and neighbour Paolo Tullio at a humanist ceremony in Trinity College.
The much-loved restaurant critic’s remains will be repatriated to Italy, where he will be laid to rest.
Mr Tullio, who died last week at the age of 65, was remembered as a “gentleman” with a fine intellectual mind who had taught his friends many things down the years, from how to make an oven in a river bank to how to hack into a computer.
A humanist commemoration ceremony was held for the late critic in the sumptuous surroundings of Trinity’s Exam Hall.
Mourners were led by Mr Tullio’s wife Susan Morley, the couple’s children Rocco and Isabella, Paolo’s mother Irene and his grandson Balthazar.
Isabella and Rocco paid a tearful tribute to their beloved father, with Isabella describing her childhood as “magical”.
Mr Boorman, a neighbour of Mr Tullio’s in Annamoe, Co Wicklow, for more than 30 years, poignantly recalled his last meeting with his friend.
By then very frail, Mr Tullio had told him: “I can’t hug you, but I hug you in my heart.”
Mr Boorman said his friend had a great mind.
“In our little village of Annamoe before Google he was absolutely vital,” he said.
He added that he never let work interfere with his life, and there was laughter as he quipped that Mr Tullio found to his dismay that he was “sometimes working up to three days a week”.
Many from the culinary world were there, including chef Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyann from L’Ecrivain, chef Ross Lewis from Chapter One, Kevin Thornton, Patrick Guilbaud and Marco Pierre White.
Pictured at the Humanist Service in the Examination Hall of Trinity College Dublin for Paolo Tullio was Derry and Sallyanne Clarke
Also there were patron of the arts Garech de Brun, Paul McGuinness, director Michael Colgan and singer Chris de Burgh with daughter Rosanna Davison and her husband Wesley Quirke.
Other mourners were INM editor-in-chief Stephen Rae, writer John Banville, former TV presenter Thelma Mansfield, former censor Sheamus Smith, Sean Moncrieff (on whose Newstalk programme Mr Tullio was a regular), fellow food critic Tom Doorley and maitre d’ John Healy, who worked with Mr Tullio on The Restaurant TV show.