Monday 23 October 2017

Husband of writer Mary Kenny passes away at 84

Richard West (left) on assignment in Vietnam in the 1970s
Richard West (left) on assignment in Vietnam in the 1970s Newsdesk Newsdesk

Richard West, the husband of the writer Mary Kenny, has died aged 84.

Dick West, a renowned journalist and essayist, was best known for his writing on Africa and South-East Asia.

Regarded as a gifted author and travelling reporter, his writing covered his periods in Africa, Vietnam, Latin America and the former Yugoslavia.

He married Mary Kenny in 1974 and the couple have two sons, Ed and Patrick, who are also journalists.

Over a long and distinguished career, Mary Kenny has written for over 25 newspapers and magazines in Dublin and London, and has written extensively on the relationship between Ireland and England.

She writes hugely popular columns in the Irish Independent and in this newspaper's 'Weekend' magazine.

Mary Kenny has written about caring for her husband after he had a stroke in 1996.

"Old age is loss. Little by little, you let go of what once you had. A stroke creeps over the body in a physical illustration of that process. Richard's own attitude was admirably stoical," she wrote.

Irish Independent

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