TRIBUTES were paid last night following the death of former Irish Independent sub-editor Michael Magrane.
Mr Magrane (71), of Templeogue, Dublin, was originally a compositor in the caseroom before switching to editorial as technology ended the hot-metal era.
He racked up almost 39 years of service before his retirement in 2005.
Mr Magrane, who died after battling illness, was a big rugby fan and a Leinster season ticket holder. He loved to travel with his wife Sheila, and will be sadly missed by his son Brian and daughters Michele, Barbara and Ruth, along with his adored grandson Matteo.
Irish Independent deputy editor Eddie Cunningham, who worked with Mick for more than 20 years, described him as a gentleman and a fantastic colleague with a mischievous sense of humour.
Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists and a former colleague at the Irish Independent, paid tribute to Mr Magrane as an "extremely popular and meticulous sub-editor". He said Mr Magrane showed great innovation as he made the successful switch from the old caseroom into an editing role.
"He had a particular eye for detail," he said. "He will be remembered for his sense of humour and generosity of spirit."
The removal will take place from his home on Monday to St Pius X Church, Templeogue, Dublin, with the funeral after a 10am Mass.