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Sunday 20 August 2017

Michael Denieffe: A colleague and a friend who was an iconic newspaper man

Paul Drury, pictured with the Evening Herald's former political correspondent Katie Hannon
Paul Drury, pictured with the Evening Herald's former political correspondent Katie Hannon

Paul Drury, colleague, competitor and friend has died at 57. Far too young to be called ashore.

An iconic figure in Irish newspapers, his loss to journalism and to the industry can only be surpassed by the personal grief of his wife, Aine, and their three children, Eanna, Niamh and Oisin.

Paul was passionate about newspapers, journalism, breaking stories, and encouraging young talent. He had a highly effective style of communication which involved a sometimes fiery combination of effusive verbals and flamboyant gestures. He was also an engaging raconteur and storyteller.

This style of delivery was retained for his membership of the Press Council in latter years, where the non-industry members were regularly treated to emphatic and intelligent defence of editorial standards and principles.

He developed his editorial skills at the Irish Independent under the tutelage of the late Vincent Doyle.

He succeeded this writer as editor of the Evening Herald in 1994, an event he recalled as being a great move for himself and the title. Previously he had been editor of the Irish Daily Star.

He went on to become launch editor of the Irish Daily Mail, editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday, and managing editor of Associated Newspapers Ireland.

His contribution to journalism was underpinned by an attractive writing style, particularly in recent years with opinion columns in the Irish Daily Mail.

Paul Drury's old-school style never stifled a youthful enthusiasm for the skill of good journalism.

hnews@herald.ie

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