Friday 19 January 2018

Mourners bid final farewell to 'honourable man' Jennings

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

THE former head of the Irish Press group was laid to rest in Tramore, Co Waterford, yesterday.

Vincent Jennings (73) is survived by his wife Mary and children Ian and Melissa.

He was removed to Tramore following a funeral Mass at the Church of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock, Dublin.

Mr Jennings was both chairman and chief executive of the group and editor of the 'Sunday Press' from 1968 to 1986.

The group, which published the 'Irish Press', 'Evening Press' and 'Sunday Press', was once a kingpin of the Irish media industry but its closure in 1995 resulted in the loss of 600 jobs.

It was founded in 1931 by Eamon de Valera with US funds to provide a platform for Fianna Fail -- in its heyday the 'Irish Press' was bought by 200,000 people every day.

Many former 'Irish Press' journalists attended the funeral including 'Irish Times' editor Geraldine Kennedy and RTE current affairs presenter Sean O'Rourke. Bishop Eamonn Walsh, former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O'Flaherty and Dr Eamon de Valera, grandson of the newspaper group's founder, were among others present.

In a eulogy by former 'Sunday Press' editor Michael Keane, the congregation was told that Mr Jennings was a journalist before he joined management of the group.

He said the newspaper group went through hard times before it closed. But he said Mr Jennings was always an "honourable man" who helped people out without looking for credit.

His son Ian said he was lucky to have had such a wonderful father. He also paid tribute to the love and unity his father and mother shared. Finally, he thanked the staff of St Vincent's Private Hospital, where Mr Jennings spent his last days.

Irish Independent

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