Loving tributes as business journalist Colm is laid to rest
FORMER Independent Newspapers journalist Colm Rapple, described as a "supreme communicator" and "someone deeply committed to social justice", was laid to rest following a moving funeral ceremony in Dublin.
Mr Rapple, from Marino in Dublin, died last Thursday following a short illness.
He was a hugely respected commentator on business, economics and personal finance matters and worked with the Irish Independent in the 1970s, where he was appointed Business Editor in 1973.
He also enjoyed successful stints with the Irish Press Group and was working as a columnist with the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' up until last year.
Huge crowds paid tribute to the father of two at a funeral service at St Kevin's Church on Harrington Street in Dublin city yesterday morning.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Rapple's brother, Eamonn, said his brother had honed his skills "on the job".
He also praised his ability to easily comprehend complex issues. "He was a supreme communicator," Eamonn told the Irish Independent. "The onus is always on the journalist to communicate effectively, in order to get the message across to people so there is no confusion and people can actually understand the issues. Colm understood this better than anyone."
He joked the only thing he didn't have was a love of football "unlike the rest of the family" - in reference to their father, Liam, who served as FAI secretary.
In a eulogy, delivered at his father's removal, Colm's son, Rory, said his father's journalism "fortified the vulnerable and educated the underinformed". He added his father was "a lateral thinker. A questioner of received ideas. A man, rightly confident in his intelligence and acuity of analysis, who remained determined to be always true to himself".
The service, which included choral hymns led by chief celebrant Fr Gerard Deighan, was performed in the old-style Latin High Mass with the entire proceedings heard in Latin. Among the attendees were former Press Ombudsman John Horgan, RTE presenters Bryan Dobson and Eileen Dunne, former Evening Herald editor Paul Drury and Sunday Independent journalist Neil Francis.
President Michael D Higgins was represented by his aide-de-camp after he paid tribute at the removal service to Mr Rapple's "deep commitment to social justice". Colm is survived by his wife Nuala, children Simone and Rory and extended family.