04 Sep 2013
IFA PRESIDENT SADDENED AT LOSS OF SEAN MACCONNELL, AN AUTHORITATIVE VOICE ON IRISH AGRIGULTUREUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan has said he was greatly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of the former Irish Times Agriculture Correspondent Sean MacConnell, who died overnight.
Paying tribute, John Bryan said, “Sean made an outstanding contribution to the reporting of agriculture in Ireland for over 20 years. He had a great empathy for rural people and loved the countryside. He was always a strong advocate for agriculture and rural communities”.
He said, “At a time when some doubted the importance of the sector, Sean MacConnell always insisted that our farming and food industry was at the heart of Ireland outside Dublin, and should be properly covered in the media. He devoted his career to journalism in regional and national newspapers and was also a highly regarded commentator in the broadcast media”.
“He was an authoritative voice on Irish agriculture and his approach was always fair and balanced. Sean had a great command of his brief and was a skilled colour writer, which he used to great effect to convey farming issues and the values and concerns of rural communities to a wider audience.”
John Bryan said, “Sean MacConnell was wonderful company, a great storyteller and singer. To his wife and children, I want to extend our deepest sympathies on their loss”.