Every conversation with Eugene McGee was truly a privilege

A packed St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford for the funeral mass of Eugene McGee yesterday. His willingness to innovate and to find a new angle, to plan and to plan again, characterised so much of what he did in his life. Picture: Lorraine Teevan

One of the most interesting things in life was receiving a phone call from Eugene McGee. He didn’t waste time with small talk or even with much by the way of greetings. 

Instead, it was as if he was continuing a discussion he had been having with you on a previous occasion, or that you were joining a conversation he was having with somebody else. 

Or, best of all, when he started talking he just set out what he was thinking on a particular issue, as if there was not really anything else that needed to be talked about.

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