Wednesday 26 September 2018

Vinny Mahon: a newspaperman to his fingertips

Vinny Mahon. Picture: Jim O'Kelly
Vinny Mahon. Picture: Jim O'Kelly

The death has occurred at the age of 81 of Vinny Mahon, who was chief sub-editor of the Irish Independent for three decades until his retirement in 2001.

The Roscommon native, who published his first article in the 'Roscommon Champion' at the age of 12, barged his way up through the ranks as only he might. He was cut from a cloth that remained rough around the edges but had a unique style and quality.

He was a man of many religions: politics (by which we mean Fianna Fáil), newspapering, and sport are but three that spring to mind. Although passionate about Munster hurling, current affairs, and opera - particularly Verdi - it was his family that was always his real passion.

Vinny was old school and proud of it, a newspaperman to his fingertips. He will be missed by many colleagues who endured, enjoyed, or merely survived his tender mercies.

He is mourned by his beloved wife Bridie, children Ted and Eileen, grandson Freddie, brothers, sister, and many friends.

Mass is tomorrow at 10am at St Mary's Priory, Tallaght. The funeral takes place afterwards to Newlands Cross Cemetery. TC

Irish Independent

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