| 6.2°C Dublin

DJ parties ... hours after being told he had gone bust

THIS is DJ Tony Fenton just hours after he was served with papers which ended up in his bankruptcy.

'Tone' showed no obvious signs of distress, although his face was covered by a mask at the Carton House All Hallows Masquerade Ball.

On his arm at the Halloween event is lover Sinead Lynch, 18 years the 50-year-old's junior.

But few could guess that the elaborately dressed DJ faced bankruptcy after he was served papers at his offices in Today FM at Digges Lane, Dublin 2 earlier that day.


Tony Fenton, whose real name is Anthony Fagan, has not contested the petition arising from three court judgments after his failure to pay tax debts amounting to almost €880,000.

The Revenue Commissioners has also registered a judg-ment mortgage against Fenton's Dublin 4 home.

The DJ was not in court when the matter came before Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne.

She formally adjudicated the presenter bankrupt and Fenton was represented in court by his solicitor, St John Dundon, of Dundon Callanan Solicitors.

However, he was later pictured attending the High Court Examiner's Office at nearby Phoenix Street in Smithfield where he was required to sign papers.

Last year, three judgments were made against the presenter in the High Court, totalling €770,044.09.


The interest accrued on these judgments to date means that debts have now risen to €879,695.87.

The beleaguered DJ was reluctant to speak about his financial problems today when approached by a Herald reporter.

Fenton was leaving his home in the plush Merrion Woods development in Blackrock this morning when he declined to speak. He sat into his 1997 convertible Mercedes car and drove it to the entrance barrier where he activated his exit code.

When he discovered we were seeking a comment, he accelerated away at speed.

Mr Fenton (50) may be 18 years older than his partner, former model Sinead Lynch, but the 6ft model towers over the Today FM DJ.

The blonde 32-year-old once tried out a stint at presenting at TV3 before moving to producing at the station.