Proud NUJ member Sean MacConnell dies
4 September 2013
Tributes have been paid to prominent NUJ member, journalist and singer Sean MacConnell.
The Dublin based journalist was former deputy FoC of the Irish Times chapel and was a life member of the NUJ. He belonged to a family closely linked to journalism and Irish traditional music and singing.
His brother Cathal achieved international fame with the group Boys of the Lough, while his two journalist brothers are also widely known in the arts: Mickey as a singer/songwriter and Cormac as a novelist and singer.
In a tribute Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary said:
"Sean MacConnell was a force of nature, a passionate journalist with a huge commitment to social justice. That burning commitment was reflected in his journalism, in his trade union activity and in his singing. His death is a sad loss to his family and all who knew Sean.
"He was a life member of the NUJ and served as deputy father of the chapel at the Irish Times, having previously served in the Irish press chapel. Sean loved a good argument and was a dogged, determined negotiator. His presence enlivened many meetings over the years and while he could infuriate no one could ever doubt the depth of his commitment or his strong, personal integrity.
"As a journalist Sean did much to create a greater awareness of rural Ireland.
"I also knew Sean through the Cle club and he was a frequent contributor to the weekly music sessions at Liberty Hall in the early days of the club. At the Larkin hedge school two years ago we hosted a re-union of the McConnell brothers and they were, as always, anarchic, hilariously deprecating and above all else entertaining. It was one of many memorable nights spent in his company.
"He was proud of his heritage, proud of his union and proud of his craft. On behalf of the NUJ I extend sympathy to his family, of whom he above all else proud."
Former Irish Times journalist Sean MacConnell dies, the Irish Times