THE president Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were both represented at the funeral of former Evening Herald editor Paul Drury today.
The president’s aide de camp Commdt Louise Conlon and Mr Kenny’s aide de camp Commdt Kieran Carey both attended the packed service in Rathmichael Parish Church, Shankill, Co Dublin.
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 Paul Drury during his final days.
Mr Drury who was “never one to engage in woolly thinking”, had been succinct and straightforward in his wishes to have a simple service with no eulogy or tribute, said Canon Appleby.
While he had a huge love of the Irish language he had also wished for the service to be in most people’s native English, with just a couple of carefully chosen Irish elements, including a reading by his brother-in-law Michael Feeney.
Mr Drury was editor of the Evening Herald between 1994 and 1999 and also edited Ireland on Sunday, the Irish Daily Mail, the Irish Daily Star and Amárach newspaper.
There was a huge turnout of colleagues from his long career in journalism spanning almost four decades.
These included Independent Newspapers editor-in-chief Stephen Rae, group managing editor Michael Denieffe, Evening Herald Editor Alan Steenson and former Irish Independent editors Clare Grady and Gerry O’Regan.
Also present were former journalistic colleagues Dave Halloran, Martin Brennan, Alan O’Keeffe, Katherine Donnelly, Tracey Hogan, Vinnie Mahon, Tom Rowley, Martin Fitzpatrick, Bill Tyson, Michael Lavery and Liam Mulcahy.
Also attending were Sam Smyth, Adrienne Carolan, Dave Kenny, Barrie Hanley, Bairbre Power and Leslie-Ann Horgan, and Gertrude Doyle, widow of the late former editor Vinnie Doyle.
The group editor of Irish Mail newspapers Sebastian Hamilton attended along with Mail on Sunday editor Conor O’Donnell, executives Paul Henderson, Eric Bailey and Paul Field and journalists Galen English, Helen Rogers, Mary Carr and Joe Walsh.
RTE’s Mícheál O’Muircheartaigh attended, as did Tommie Gorman, David Davin-Power, Katie Hannon and Oliver Callan with whom Mr Drury collaborated on writing the Callan’s Kicks comedy series.
Sunday World editor Colm McGinty managing editor Neil Leslie and former Independent News and Media( NI) chief executive Michael Brophy also attended.
Former press ombudsman John Horgan also attended as did columnists John Waters and Brenda Power, former government press secretary Eoghain O’Neachtain and press advisor to Tanaiste Joan Burton Paul O’Brien.
Irish Daily Star attendees included editor Des Gibson, Terry McGeehan, Tom Ryan and Bernard Phelan, along with Paddy Murray of the Sunday World, Senan Molony of the Irish Daily Mail, John Lee of the Mail on Sunday and John Mooney of the Sunday Times.
Mr Drury was buried afterwards in Shanganagh Cemetery.