Eoghan Harris: Aengus and Anne: two hearts with one purpose
Aengus Fanning and myself married the same woman. Not at the same time of course. Bigamy is a bridge too far -- although it would make a great Sunday Independent story. But we both loved Anne Harris.
Any alpha male shows a spiky reflex when another alpha male arrives to pay suit to his former wife. Accordingly, I was aware of aspects of Aengus that other men missed. So I read the tremendous tributes to him with a former rival's rueful regard.
I stress former. Aengus and myself warily circled each other for 25 years. Each year the circles became smaller. In recent years we became very fond of each other. But there is no denying the earlier tensions.