Friday 15 December 2017

Former Herald editor's 'sense of mischief' hailed

Paul Drury
Paul Drury
Oliver Callan

FORMER editor of the Herald Paul Drury "had an amazing sense of mischief", according to his colleague Oliver Callan.

The RTE comedian was among dozens of mourners who paid their respects at his home in Shankill, Co Dublin.

Mr Drury (57) passed away on Sunday following a battle with cancer.

At his wake yesterday, he was lauded for his "fantastic work ethic" and his "sense of fun".

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Mr Drury worked as editor of the comedian's RTE show, Callan's Kicks, since 2011.

"He was working right up until the end. He worked on the last Christmas episode," the RTE star said.

"He was just very, very funny. He had a fantastic work ethic.

"He had this amazing sense of mischief about him."

Former RTE agricultural correspondent Joe O'Brien, who attended Rathmines College with Mr Drury in the 1970s, recalled his penchant for an argument.

"He was a class behind us, but he was a great guy, and loved speaking Irish.

"He was always up for a bit of mischief and devilment, and an argument. There was never a dull moment."

Former special advisor to Dermot Ahern Richard Moore spoke of Mr Drury's quieter side.

"I've known Paul for around 20 years. He was a lovely man, a very calm but reasonable person to deal with."

Mr Drury's funeral mass will take place today at 11.30am in Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill, with burial in Shanganagh Cemetery.


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