Death of former FoC Mick Cryan
12 February 2015
Tributes are being paid to Mick Cryan, former Father of the Chapel at the Anglo Celt newspaper, Cavan, one of the best known and respected journalists on the Irish regional newspaper scene.
Mick Cryan, 58, died following a long illness and his death marked the passing of a much-loved union colleague.
A native of Dublin, he joined the union in 1976 and was a member of Irish Eastern branch. As a journalist, he was noted for his accuracy and attention to detail as a local government and courts reporter. He had a passionate belief in the importance of journalism and in the role of the local newspaper in democracy.
The Anglo Celt was for many years owned by the O'Hanlon family and Mick's contribution to the paper was recognised by his employer. Loyalty to the title and the company never compromised his role as a chapel officer and in recent years he played a significant role in union-management negotiations following acquisition of the newspaper by Celtic Media Group.
Nicola Coleman, Irish organiser, worked closely with Mick during his time as a chapel officer. She said:
"Mick was a stalwart NUJ rep and served the members of The Anglo-Celt during very difficult years after the 2008 recession. He was a pragmatist with a big heart and his compassion for his colleagues was evident when he negotiated on their behalf, always ensuring nothing was given away unnecessarily.
"Mick was passionate in his defence of his colleagues and even when negotiations were tense he never held a grudge and nobody could ever hold a grudge against him; his kind-heartedness ensured that. After all he was only expressing the views of the members. When a deal was brought back nobody doubted that it was the best possible outcome.
"I always remember being trapped in my car after Mick, kindly helped me to reverse out of a tricky spot, but he pulled the handbrake up so hard that I had to call him back to release it. I don't know who was more mortified, but it was impossible to match Mick's strength. He will be sorely missed by the NUJ, by his chapel colleagues and reps from all the Celtic Media Group titles."
Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, extended sympathy on behalf of the union to Mick's wife Jacinta and his two children, Niamh and Caoimhín. He also extended sympathy to the Anglo Celt Chapel on the loss of a colleague, friend and mentor.