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Thursday 29 September 2016

'Man of extraordinary vision' Joe Hayes laid to rest

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Joe Hayes’ widow Collette with son Colin (rear) and daughter Danielle (right) at his funeral in Blessington. Photo: Tony Gavin
Joe Hayes’ widow Collette with son Colin (rear) and daughter Danielle (right) at his funeral in Blessington. Photo: Tony Gavin

Joe Hayes was "an extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision," his son Thady said.

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Requiem Mass for the former managing director of Independent Newspapers was held at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Crosschapel, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

Joe Hayes
Joe Hayes

Denis Joseph Hayes (69), who died on Monday, was a native of Ballyduff, Co Kerry. He lived at Rathmore, Co Kildare.

Thady Hayes said his father had a "keenly logical, organised, and fiercely intelligent mind".

Hired at 20 by Gallahers tobacco firm, he was MD at 26. He joined Independent Newspapers at 31 and was MD at 33.

Joe and his wife Collette enjoyed 50 years together. "Mum made dad what he was and vice-versa," said their son. "He will live on in the hearts of all who love him."

Fr Kevin Lyon, Archdeacon of Glendalough, paid tribute to "an incredible man."

Chief mourners were his wife Collette, children Colin, Danielle, Amber, Thady and Georgina, sisters Nodie and Angela, and his nine grandchildren.

President Higgins was represented by his aide de camp Lieutenant Commander Patricia Butler. Mourners included Sunday World editor Colm MacGinty, former INM managing editor Michael Denieffe, former CEO of INM (Northern Ireland) Michael Brophy, former INM director Brendan McCabe, David Gaffney, managing director of Adsales, and Frank Cullen, former co-ordinating director of National Newspapers of Ireland which is now NewsBrands Ireland.

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