Tributes paid to former Independent news editor
ONE of the longest serving news editors of the Irish Independent, John Healy, died yesterday following an illness.
Mr Healy spent almost two decades managing the news desk of the country's biggest national daily, through the political and economic upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s.
Born in Longford in 1931, he spent most of his childhood in Sligo town.
His journalistic career began in the regional press, first as a trainee journalist with the 'Sligo Champion' and later as a news and sports reporter for the 'Donegal Peoples Press'. After 18 months, he joined the 'Longford Leader', before moving to Dublin and beginning his career with the Irish Independent.
Last night, editor of the Irish Independent Gerry O'Regan said: "John Healy, for many years, played a pivotal role in the fortunes of the Irish Independent. As news editor, he served under editor Vincent Doyle, during a period when the Irish Independent enjoyed unrivalled success.
"He was a journalist who, at all times, exercised calm judgment, backed up with a sound sense of what the prototype Irish Independent reader required. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family."
Apart from newspapers, Mr Healy's passions included hunting, antiques and fine food.
He is survived by his wife Ann, sons Mark, John and Denis, brother Tom, sister Maura, grandchildren Dylan, Emma and Conor and daughter-in-law Hilary.
Removal is today, from St Vincent's Hospital at 5pm to St Theresa's Church, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin, for 5.30pm. Funeral Mass tomorrow at 10am. Burial afterwards to Moydow Cemetery, Co Longford, arriving about 2.30pm.