Huge crowds expected to mourn Vinnie
FIGURES from the worlds of media, politics and business are expected to gather today to celebrate the life, and mark the legacy, of former Irish Independent editor Vinnie Doyle.
Many tributes have been paid to Mr Doyle who died after a short illness at the age of 72. His funeral takes place today after 10am Mass in the Annunciation Church, Rathfarnham, Dublin, before burial in Kilmashogue Cemetery.
He is mourned by his wife Gertie and sons Garret, Conor and Vincent Jnr, many grandchildren, neighbours, friends and former colleagues.
His career with the Independent Group spanned nearly 40 years. For 24 of those years, Mr Doyle was editor of the Irish Independent -- a post he first took over in 1981.
Becoming editor of the Irish Independent was the achievement of a lifelong ambition and his stint at the helm of the country's biggest-selling newspaper makes him one of the longest-serving editors within the industry in Ireland.
His period as editor of the Irish Independent witnessed a massive and continual growth in readership.
It was in 1958 that he first ventured into the newspaper industry, joining the 'Irish Press', before later moving to the 'Sunday Press'. In 1963, he joined the Independent Group, where 13 years later, he became editor of the 'Evening Herald'.
A heartfelt tribute from his son Garret said his family proudly regarded him as a man who "knew his own mind".
Colleagues have recalled his hands-on approach which often saw him rolling up his sleeves and staying late into the night to put the finishing touches to the newspaper.
Following his death, political figures also paid tribute to Mr Doyle. Taoiseach Brian Cowen recalled him as a "legendary figure". Mr Cowen said the former editor had always been interested "in getting the story and in getting it right".