Thursday 18 December 2014

Well-known journalist and musician Richie Taylor passes away

Published 04/08/2014 | 13:07

Friday 17 Aug 2007. Pic: Doug O'Connor.
Ron Wood talks to Richie Taylor in the Project Office, Templebar.
Richie Taylor with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood in the Project Office in Temple Bar in 2007. Photo: Doug O'Connor.

THE well-known journalist and musician Richie Taylor has passed away.

Mr Taylor (61) died in the early hours of this morning in hospital.

Based in the seaside town of Rush, Co Dublin, Taylor enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the media industry.

After playing in a string of bands, including Rocky DeValera, The Grave Diggers and The Rhythm Kings, Taylor got his first big break into journalism in the mid 1980s.

He wrote for The Sunday Press for many years, as well as writing for several other titles later in his life.

He acted as the Entertainment Editor of The Irish Sun, before going on to become the social diarist for both the Irish Independent and the Herald.

Well known on the show business reporting circuit, he held interviews with global acts including Garth Brooks, Elvis Costello and Ronnie.

He also covered the careers of Irish musicians and bands such as U2, Shane McGowan, Sinead O'Connor, Aslan, Westlife, the Corrs and Boyzone.

Over the past two years he operated on a freelance basis, in addition to working for The Irish Mirror.

In July he suffered a stroke and remained in hospital until his passing today.

Aslan's Billy McGuiness, Louis Walsh, and comedian Brendan O'Carroll were among those who led tributes today.

Fellow Mrs Brown's Boys actor Rory Cowan said: "I've know Richie for over 30 years. I'm gutted. He was a good friend to me and to Mrs Brown's Boys. Shocking news RIP"

Social media was also awash with kind words from colleagues, friends and acquaintances.

2FM's Paul McLoones tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the passing of Richie Taylor. A true gent who will be much missed. R.I.P.”

"Am so sorry to hear the news that journalist Richie Taylor has passed. Always courteous, an absolute gent. May he rest in peace," PR guru Caroline Kennedy posted on Twitter.

Former gossip queen Siobhan O Connor joined in the sadness at Taylor's passing. "Truly so sad that journalist & musician Richie Taylor has passed away age 62, he was such a lovely man our thoughts are with his family RIP," she wrote.

MCD's Caroline Downey posted: "Very sad to hear we have lost Richie Taylor. A lovely man.He maybe gone but will never be forgotten by the music industry. RIP Richie"

Ferdia Mac Anna, musician, journalist and friend of Mr Taylor’s, told Independent.ie they “had a great time” together touring the country with their music.

“We first became pals when he joined Rocky DeValera. Later on after he left the band we still remained friends and we played all over Ireland with The Rhythm Kings too.

“We actually released an album this year, a Best Of, even though we broke up in 1983. We kept all the vinyl and had a comeback gig in April, 2013.

“He was my song writing partner and after the music, we were friends all our lives,” he added.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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