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Friday 17 November 2017

Standing room only as music and media worlds combine to mourn Richie

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Former 'Irish Independent' journalist Richie Taylor was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony filled with musical tributes and showbiz anecdotes.

The world of music and Irish media came together yesterday to pay their last respects to the 
father of three and ex-musician from Raheny.

He was buried at Glasnevin Crematorium after a humanist ceremony that celebrated his colourful life.

It was standing room only in the church with personalities including Twink, aka Adele King, MCD's Denis Desmond and Justin Green, Aslan's Billy McGuinness, Sally-Anne Clarke and Ian Dempsey in attendance.

An entertainment journalist who worked with several newspapers, including the 'Herald' and Irish Independent, he passed away at Beaumont Hospital last Sunday after a short illness.

His wife Sandra who said it was a case of "opposites attract" from the start. She said he had brought her breakfast in bed every day of their married lives and how he was someone who relished life.

"He really knew how to have fun, 24-7 fun. I had never experienced anything like that and it bowled me over," she said.

She said that despite the industry he worked in, he "never went into Machismo mode", adding he was a feminist "long before it was fashionable". She said he would spend hours gossiping on the phone with his pals and was an "open, jovial generous-hearted man".

He was a "loyal and thoughtful son" to his mother Marion but he was "proudest of all of being a father" and was devoted to their three children Christopher, Líadan and Fiachra.

His former Gypsy Kings band-mate Mark Clinton also paid tribute to Taylor.

Irish Independent

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