Saturday 16 December 2017

Willie Kealy: Much-loved leader who inspired loyalty in all his staff

Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus with the late Ronnie Drew
With the late Garret FitzGerald in Ranelagh
Aengus with Bertie Ahern in September 2002
Aengus Fanning with the then UUP leader David Trimble at Stormont
Aengus with the late Veronica Guerin in 1995
Aengus Fanning (back row) when he played for Kerry in 1960s
Aengus with former Kerry footballer Mick O'Connell at Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Aengus Fanning with Ulick O'Connor on Bloomsday in 2009
Aengus with first wife Mary and their sons Dion, Evan and Steve
Aengus as part of the Sunday Independent's Cricket Society (back row, second from left)

AENGUS Fanning was the most successful editor in the history of Irish newspapers. He brought an intelligence and wealth of experience to the Sunday newspaper market in the early 1980s that had the effect of profoundly changing the Irish media.

The mix of campaigning journalism and informative and entertaining reporting in the 'Sunday Independent' brought a new energy and set a standard that endures. Aengus Fanning was the pre-eminent newspaper man of his generation.

He encompassed every important aspect of newspaper production, as aware of the need for good-quality paper and printing and proper marketing as he was of the need for quality words and pictures.

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