Former 'Evening Press' editor dies aged 78
COLLEAGUES have paid tribute to the former editor of the 'Evening Press', Sean Ward, who has died aged 78.
Mr Ward, whose term as editor at the newspaper lasted from the 1970s to the early 1990s, was remembered as a "formidable editor" and a "decisive newsman".
And his close relationship with the late sportswriter Con Houlihan was also recalled, with his signing for the 'Evening Press' listed among Mr Ward's proudest achievements.
Mr Ward, who lived in Sutton, north Dublin, died on Thursday surrounded by his family in Beaumont Hospital after suffering ill-health in recent years. Former assistant editor at the 'Evening Press' John Boland fondly recalled his friend and colleague as "part of a vanishing breed".
"Ward was an old-style editor," he said. "He was very much a news man and very decisive on news.
"He was certainly very well-respected by anyone who worked for him.
"He was the kind of man you could have a dreadful row with on the day and then it would be entirely forgotten when the paper came out."
Mr Ward outlived his old newspaper by 18 years – the Irish Press group went out of business in 1995.
Mr Boland said Mr Ward was very interested in sport and politics and was anti-IRA at the height of the Troubles. He added: "His devotion to Con Houlihan and Con's devotion to him were very striking."
Before his death, Houlihan in an article on the 'Evening Press' wrote: "Sean Ward was well qualified to be its editor... He was a sound captain."
Mr Ward's funeral will be on Monday at 10am in the Church of the Resurrection, Bayside.