Tributes to Cooney's courage in cancer battle
Warm tributes to the courage and optimism of Hugh Cooney in his fight against cancer were expressed at his funeral in Dublin yesterday.
Requiem Mass for the former chairman of Enterprise Ireland, who was one of Ireland's top insolvency experts, took place in Foxrock.
He campaigned publicly, including appearing on RTÉ's Late Late Show, to urge middle-aged people get regular medical check-ups to detect cancers early.
The 63-year-old father-of-five died of colon cancer.
His son, Hugh, said his father instilled his family with optimism in his cancer fight. He fundraised successfully for the recruitment of a psychologist at St Vincent's Hospital's cancer care unit.
Close friend Gary McGann said Mr Cooney was "caring, wonderful company and action-orientated" and displayed tremendous courage battling cancer.
He had a deep patriotism and helped many people find ways out of financial difficulties, he added.
Chief mourners were his partner, Nuala, daughters Eva, Fiona, Gwen and Laura, and son, Hugh.
The large attendance included Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton, former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, and very many business leaders.