Sunday 17 December 2017

As an arts lover, my first task was to write about... cricket

He comforted me in my darkest hour and was a rock to his colleagues, says Madeleine Keane

Walt Whitman's words came to mind -- 'O Captain! my Captain!' -- as management sombrely informed our newsroom on Tuesday of the death of Aengus Fanning.

The Sunday Independent is perceived as a colossus among Irish newspapers (thanks to Aengus's visionary, energetic stewardship) but we're a small ship and our captain is gone.

I was 24 when I met him first. His inaugural commission for an arts-loving young mother? A piece on cricket.

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