Journalist and author Denise Hall has passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in her home in Glengarriff, Co Cork. She was 69 years old.
Denise is survived by her daughter Amber Hall, son-in-law Bryn Jones, grand-daughter Asha Hall-Jones and grandson Milo Hall-Jones.
An Irish Examiner columnist for the past 30 years, she has written with great passion and integrity on environmental issues, animal welfare and human rights. She has interviewed hundreds of charities, action groups, support networks and people working for their local communities.
Her weekly ‘Rural Life’ column has been a firm favourite with readers of the Farming supplement in recent years. Her 1990s column ‘Lickeen Letters’ recounted her efforts to develop a small, self- sufficient farm holding in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve.
This project, and her bid to wrestle some land back from an invasive rhododendron species, also featured in her 1994 book, Stones and Stars, which was later translated into several languages.
Born in Manchester, Denise worked and travelled widely before landing in West Cork. She worked for several years for the National Enquirer in the USA; she also worked as a publicist for a former Motown producer at Warner Brothers.
She wrote about reggae and world music, notably about Bob Marley. She managed an American publicity tour for ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon and his band Public Image Ltd.
Selected as West Cork writer-in-residence for several years by Cork County Council, Denise also worked with creative writing groups throughout Cork city and county.
In 2005, she went to Sri Lanka as a volunteer to work with tsunami victims. She also campaigned extensively for dispossessed islanders on the Chagos Archipelago in the central Indian Ocean.
Meanwhile, her Farming column has often focused on tireless servants, community heroes and support groups.
Denise’s family requested that we publish the column she had completed for this week. Poignantly, it features Rainbows Ireland, a bereavement support group for young people who have lost a loved one.
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