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Tullio funeral to take place at his former city college


Paulo Tullio

Paulo Tullio

Paulo Tullio

A funeral service for food critic and former Michelin star restaurant owner Paolo Tullio is to take place this Thursday.

Family, friends and colleagues will gather at 3pm in the Examinations Hall in Trinity College where Paolo was a former student.

He died on Friday at the age of 65.

Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, said the ceremony would be a celebration of remembrance.

Many notable friends of Paolo are due to attend, including former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, singer Chris de Burgh, and entrepreneur Harry Crosbie.

"We're still figuring out how many chairs we'll need, but would like a huge turnout," Mr Colgan said.

Paolo came to Ireland from Italy in 1968 to study English, Arts and Philosophy at Trinity College.

After he obtained an MA, he held several jobs, working as a clinical psychologist in St Brendan's Hospital, an interpreter and even as a cattle-agent.

In 1977, he established Armstrong's Barn in Annamoe, Co Wicklow. It served food in a traditional Irish style. The restaurant closed in 1988.

He received several awards for his cooking. In 1978, he earned a Michelin star. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", in 1980 and 1981.

Paolo was the founder and writer for foodandwine.net, as well as restaurant reviewer and wine correspondent for the Irish Independent.

He also wrote extensively on lifestyle and travel for Food and Wine Magazine.

He was also well known as resident critic on the television show The Restaurant, which started on RTE before moving to TV3.

Tullio married watercolour artist Susan Morley, who he met at Trinity College, in 1975. They had two children and divorced in 2004.