Saturday 25 November 2017

Tributes paid to former Herald editor Brian Quinn

Former Evening Herald editor Brian Quinn
Former Evening Herald editor Brian Quinn

Sam Griffin

Warm tributes have been paid to former editor of the Evening Herald Brian Quinn, who passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Mr Quinn was the editor of the Herald between 1969 and 1976 and subsequently held a number of roles, including chief sub-editor at the Irish Independent. He retired in 1988 at the age of 62.

Born in 1926, the UCD history graduate was pipped at the post for a scholarship in Oxford by his contemporary FX Martin, the celebrated historian.

Mr Quinn first entered the newsroom at Independent Newspapers in 1948.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice and is survived by his daughters Anne, Oonagh and Kathryn and son David.

Michael Denieffe, former Managing Editor of Independent Newspapers, said that Mr Quinn was “a gentleman.”

He pointed out  that Mr Quinn had guided the Herald during an era when the city had two papers – the Evening Herald and the Evening Press  – which were going head-to- head

Mr Quinn’s time as editor coincided with the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the 1973 oil crisis, when printing costs quadrupled and advertising revenues plunged.

In his retirement, he chaired the Ireland-Israel Friendship League (IIFL) and was well regarded by the Jewish community in Ireland and overseas.

Last night his son David, who is a columnist for the Irish Independent and a founder of the Iona Institute, said that his father was “a journalist through and through”.

Prayers will take place at the Highfield Hospital Chapel today ahead of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist on the Clontarf Road at 10am tomorrow.

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