Tuesday 13 November 2018

President mourns for founder of 'The Phoenix'

Former ministers Brendan Daly and Donie Cassidy with John Mulcahy’s son, Michael, and President Michael D Higgins at the funeral in St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin. Photos: Collins
Former ministers Brendan Daly and Donie Cassidy with John Mulcahy’s son, Michael, and President Michael D Higgins at the funeral in St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin. Photos: Collins
Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. Photos: Collins
The Mass booklet for John Mulcahy
Former minister Ned O’Keeffe. Photos: Collins

Dean Gray

President Michael D Higgins was among the high-profile mourners from the worlds of journalism, arts and politics who paid their final respects to 'The Phoenix' magazine founder John Mulcahy.

The president and his wife Sabina were among the throng who attended yesterday's funeral mass at St Mary's Church on Haddington Road.

Other household names were RTÉ journalists Bryan Dobson and Miriam O'Callaghan and her brother, TD Jim O'Callaghan.

Also in attendance were former ministers Ned O'Keeffe, Brendan Daly, Michael Mulcahy and Donie Cassidy and current Independent Alliance Minister Shane Ross.

The former artistic director of The Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, also attended, as well as 'The Phoenix' editor Paddy Prendeville and other faces from the world of journalism.

Mr Mulcahy passed away at the age of 86 last Friday following a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife Nuala and their children Nicholas, Michael, Stephen, Brigid, Jack, Hughie and Aengus.

Passion

Mr Mulcahy, who also used the alias "Goldhawk" was the former publisher of 'The Sunday Tribune', 'Hiberina' magazine, 'The Digger' and 'The Irish Arts Review'.

His funeral Mass heard how he was still working on the latest edition of 'The Irish Arts Review' just weeks before his death. His son Hughie said his father had an enduring passion for journalism spanning more than 50 years.

Irish Independent

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