Tributes as former Herald editor Paul Drury laid to rest
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the local parish church in Rathmichael to pay their respects as former Evening Herald editor Paul Drury, who was laid to rest.
The rain poured down as friends and colleagues arrived in their droves to bid farewell to the distinguished newspaper man, who passed away on Sunday having battled cancer.
His wife Aine Ni Fheinne, children Niamh, Oisin and Eanna and brother Luke were the chief mourners at yesterday’s service.
Commandant Louise Conlon represented President Michael D Higgins while Commandant Kieran Carey was present on behalf of Toaiseach Enda Kenny.
Leading the ceremony Canon Frederik Appleby told the congregation that Mr Drury was “not a man to engage in woolly thinking”, who had been succinct and straightforward in his wishes to have a simple service.
The rector also explained how in his last days Mr Drury outlined how he wanted his funeral to be conducted, with no eulogy or tribute.
He did however want Irish to be included such was his love for the language, and his brother-in-law Michael Feeney delivered a reading as Gaeilge.
Mr Drury was editor of the Evening Herald between 1994 and 1999, and also held senior editorial positions in various other publications – most recently at the Irish Daily Mail – in a career that spanned almost four decades.
Dozens of his former colleagues joined mourners paying their respects at the south Co Dublin church.
Among those in attendance were Independent Newspapers group editor-in-chief Stephen Rae, managing editor Michael Denieffe, current Herald editor Alan Steenson, and former Irish Independent editors Claire Grady and Gerry O’Regan.
Sunday World editor Colm McGinty was also there, as were former colleagues Dave Halloran, Alan O’Keeffe, Katherine Donnelly and Tracy Hogan.
The group editor of Irish Mail newspapers Sebastian Hamilton attended along with Mail on Sunday editor Conor O’Donnell.
Columnist John Waters, RTE correspondent David Davin-Power and GAA commentator Micheal O Mhuircheartaigh also paid their respects.