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Joan Tighe

Joan Tighe

Joan Tighe

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Herald journalist Joan Tighe who has passed away.

Ms Tighe, 91, joined the Herald in 1966 and held the position of Woman's Page Editor. Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Paul Costelloe last night credited Ms Tighe with giving him his first break.

"Joan would attend these little fashion shows in my house in Monkstown. She was incredibly warm, and a lovely woman," he said.

From Glasnevin in Dublin, Ms Tighe started her career in the magazine Tatler and Sketch before joining the Evening Herald, where she fought off stiff competition from the panel of rival fashion writers on the Evening Press.

"Joan was an immaculately dressed Miss Marple. A ball of energy moving around the office, doggedly pursuing her stories. A very strong woman who shone," recounted former colleague Campbell Spray, executive editor of the Sunday Independent.

Veteran Herald reporter Alan O'Keefe added: "I remember Joan as hugely supportive of younger colleagues, offering advice and kindness. A lovely and gracious lady."

Ms Tighe, who retired in 2002, was also a former literary editor of the Old Dublin Society. She died on Thursday after a short illness.

Ken Sweeney, former Showbusiness Editor of the Herald, is Joan Tighe's nephew.

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