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Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus with the late Ronnie Drew
With the late Garret FitzGerald in Ranelagh
Aengus with Bertie Ahern in September 2002
Aengus Fanning with the then UUP leader David Trimble at Stormont
Aengus with the late Veronica Guerin in 1995
Aengus Fanning (back row) when he played for Kerry in 1960s
Aengus with former Kerry footballer Mick O'Connell at Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Aengus Fanning with Ulick O'Connor on Bloomsday in 2009
Aengus with first wife Mary and their sons Dion, Evan and Steve
Aengus as part of the Sunday Independent's Cricket Society (back row, second from left)

ALTHOUGH a giant of the Irish media, Aengus Fanning once suggested that he preferred to remain on the sidelines.

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Credited as the driving force behind the transformation of the 'Sunday Independent' to the biggest newspaper on the island, the dyed-in-the-wool newsman said he wanted to be invisible.

A newspaper, he believed, was bigger than any one individual and it did little good to have the editor personalised.

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