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JJ Barrett: Star Kerry player was the one that got away

Published 18/01/2012 | 05:00

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)

I WAS leaving the Blackrock Clinic on April 28 last year when I met my great life-time friend Aengus Fanning.

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He was digesting the shocking news he had just received and he looked shattered. Aengus told me he was worried at the result of some tests.

I had just received the best of news from my heart surgeon at my 10-week post by-pass check-up. He was very happy for me but I knew then that my old friend was in trouble.

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