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Fond farewell to a great newspaperman

Family, friends and colleagues yesterday gathered to bid farewell to former Irish Independent night editor Austin Walsh.

Austin (85), who dedicated decades of his working life to the Irish Independent, died after a short illness last week.

Mourners at his funeral in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin, Dublin, heard tributes to a loving and generous father and grandfather.

Austin, a long-time colleague of legendary Irish Independent editor, the late Vinnie Doyle, was the ultimate wordsmith.

He retired in 1990 but continued to compile crosswords for the 'Sunday World' and the 'Irish Catholic' right up to his death.

In his homily, Fr Des Byrne told mourners that Austin was "a great newspaperman" -- the finest accolade the profession can bestow.

He is survived by his sons John and Adrian and their families.

Mourners at the funeral included former Irish Independent production editor Noel Reid and deputy chief sub-editor Tony Jones.

Irish Independent