Huge turnout as newspaper legend Drury laid to rest
Former 'Evening Herald' editor Paul Drury was laid to rest after a packed funeral service in Rathmichael Parish Church in south Dublin yesterday.
President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were represented at the funeral by their aides-de-camp Commdt Louise Conlon and Commdt Kieran Carey. Mr Drury died on Sunday at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer.
His wife Áine Ní Fhéinne, children Niamh, Oisín and Éanna, and brother Luke were the chief mourners, with hundreds of friends and former colleagues overflowing from the church and an adjoining hall for the funeral.
Canon Fred Appleby led the service, which he said he had discussed with Mr Drury who, "never one to engage in woolly thinking", had requested a simple service with no eulogy or tribute.
Mr Drury was editor of the 'Evening Herald' between 1994 and 1999 and also edited 'Ireland on Sunday', the 'Irish Daily Mail' and the 'Irish Daily Star'.
The huge turnout of former colleagues included Independent News and Media (INM) Editor-In-Chief Stephen Rae, Group Managing Editor Michael Denieffe, 'Evening Herald' Editor Alan Steenson and 'Sunday World' Editor Colm McGinty, along with former Irish Independent editors Clare Grady and Gerry O'Regan and former Editorial Manager Dave Halloran.
GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTÉ's Katie Hannon also attended.