Hundreds attend Tony Fenton's funeral in Dublin

Hundreds attend Tony Fenton's funeral in Dublin

Hundreds of people have gathered for the funeral of Tony Fenton in Dublin.

The Today FM DJ died last Thursday following a long battle with cancer, aged just 53.

Chief Celebrant .Father Brendan Kealy – acknowledged Tony’s passion and true calling – for radio, saying "he was born for radio … every time he sat down in the studio he came alive."

A DJ for over 30 years - Tony Fenton was a huge supporter of Irish music, and that support was in evidence this morning at the Sacred Heart Church where U2 played their song, Ordinary love.

In his eulogy, his brother Paul said being inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame was a huge honour for him.

"For some reason, this gave him recognition for everything he had ever done over his long career, and he was immensely proud of it," he told the mass.

"It was from his peers and made him part of an elite group of people who were at the top of their profession."

Hundreds of Tony’s friends, colleagues and fans gathered in Donnybrook to say their goodbyes, as well as paying tribute to a life well lived.

Gifts brought to the altar to remember Tony included a compass to represent his love of sailing, a cookbook, his Today FM microphone and a letter from Jose Mourinho – which he was delighted to receive in recent weeks.

Tony arranged the music for the funeral, with some of his favourites like Wichita Lineman and Into the Mystic being performed by Paul Harrington.

His friend Mario Rosenstock said he will be sorely missed.

"We're here to say goodbye, but we'll never, ever forget you," Rosenstock said. "All of us are here - I know you would be proud. Because look around, Tony - as you would say yourself, isn't this the ultimate nod of respect?

"We'll take care of things down here, and remember, we can never duplicate the dude."

Irish radio stations to simultaneously pay tribute to Tony Fenton this afternoon


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