Friday 2 December 2016

Eamon Dunphy: Without the help of Aengus, I would have been dead

Published 18/01/2012 | 05:00

Aengus Fanning
Aengus Fanning
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)

Aengus Fanning was a really fantastic guy. I know it's par for the course to say that when people die, but on this occasion this guy really was special and I think he changed Irish journalism for the better.

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He was the best newspaper editor Ireland ever had because he had a first-class mind. He did not want to be part of the establishment.

He was fearless, and supported his journalists in all circumstances. He didn't care about their political views. He just let them get on with their work.

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