Thursday 8 December 2016

Tatler's last parade - ex-theatre critic Rushe remembered

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Desmond Rushe, former critic with the Irish Independent
Desmond Rushe, former critic with the Irish Independent

Former Irish Independent theatre critic Desmond Rushe has passed away.

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Remembered as a "compassionate, considerate and cultured man" by his loved ones, he died in St Francis Hospice in Raheny, surrounded by his family, on September 19.

Born in Roscommon in 1928, Mr Rushe began his career working as a reporter with the 'Westmeath Examiner' in Mullingar.

He moved to the 'Irish Press' in 1956; then in 1958 he joined the Irish Independent - where he worked for the next 35 years.

Mr Rushe wrote on a range of topics, but is probably best known for his popular column titled 'Tatler's Parade'.

He worked as chief theatre critic and was known for his astute reviews.

"He loved writing. It was his life. His motto was keep it short and simple," his daughter Mary said.

In 1981, Mr Rushe wrote a biography of Christian Brothers founder Edmund Rice, entitled 'A Man and His Times'.

"He was an extremely curious and cultured person," Mary said.

"He was interested in everything - he read books, listened to music and loved watching sport with my mother Attracta."

Mr Rushe frequently travelled overseas to cover international events, such as the funeral of John F Kennedy. He retired in 1993.

He is survived by his daughters Mary, Cathy, Úna and Aileen.

His granddaughter Laura Booth described him as "an amazingly talented writer and loving person who saw the beautiful in the ordinary and natural".

His funeral mass will take place tomorrow at Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, at 11.30am.

Irish Independent

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