Monday 26 September 2016

Editor remembered for dedication to his family

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

Gerry Carroll, former head of sport at the Evening Herald, Padraig Beirne, former Irish Independent pictures editor, and former Evening Herald reporter, Charlie Mallon
Gerry Carroll, former head of sport at the Evening Herald, Padraig Beirne, former Irish Independent pictures editor, and former Evening Herald reporter, Charlie Mallon
Brian Quinn's son, David Quinn, Irish Independent columnist and director of the Iona Institute, chats with Finola Bruton, wife of former Taoiseach John Bruton
The late Brian Quinn, former editor of the Evening Herald

The former editor of the Evening Herald, Brian Quinn, once foiled an armed robbery on the way home from a night shift at the newspaper, mourners at his funeral heard.

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In a warm and loving tribute to his father, who passed away at the age of 88, director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn, described him as a "journalist through and through".

But he was also a family man who would have "stood in front of a steamroller" for his children if he felt it was necessary, he said.

Returning once from a night shift in the late 1970s, Brian spotted a robbery at gunpoint at a petrol station and was compelled to intervene.

"The robbery was foiled," revealed David.

Brian Quinn was editor of the Evening Herald from 1962 until 1976.

Former colleagues who attended his funeral yesterday at the Church of St John the Baptist in Clontarf, Dublin included Des Mullan, former deputy editor and political correspondent of the Evening Herald; Michael Denieffe, former managing editor of INM; and Chris Glennon, former political editor of the Irish Independent.

Fionnán Sheahan, editor of the Irish Independent, was also in attendance, while the Israeli ambassador to Ireland Boaz Moda'i was there in recognition of Mr Quinn's former chairmanship of the Ireland Israel Friendship League.

Irish Independent

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