Thursday 22 February 2018

Anne Harris: O'Reilly's free press beliefs won hearts and minds

In an industry, not for nothing, called Grub St, Gavin O'Reilly brought a sensibility and creativity, writes Anne Harris

A golden summer Saturday evening in the early 2000s. Tony O'Reilly's annual dinner dance in the marquee outside his house in Castlemartin.

The invitation list was that eclectic mix that made a social gathering sing -- the kind of thing nobody talks about nowadays, but which had an innocence of its own: pop stars, legal eagles, chat show hosts, editors, DJs, foreign presidents, Finance mandarins, Taoisigh past and present.

There wasn't much flash about the food or drink. But the wives and girlfriends glammed up and with Jim Doherty and his session musicians there was a Gatsby glimmer.

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