Tuesday 20 March 2018

Colum Kenny: Creative chaos the stamp of his genius

Aengus Fanning knew his job was creating a platform for a spectrum of opinions, writes Colum Kenny

TO SAY that Aengus Fanning was easy to deal with would be an overstatement. He could be formidable, a potent mixture of old decency and intellectual impatience. But an encounter with Aengus was never less than bracing, and frequently rewarding.

He knew his job, and his job was giving voice to a range of opinions that represented men and women in the street.

Aengus ensured that the Sunday Independent had more upper-class readers than The Irish Times on any given day, while engaging other social classes equally well.

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