Mourners bid farewell to Tony Fenton
HUNDREDS of mourners including a host of famous faces gathered to say a final farewell to DJ Tony Fenton this morning. The late Today FM DJ was to be laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery after mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Iconic rock band U2 were just some of the stars at the much-loved DJ’s funeral.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen played their song Ordinary Love from the altar.
The DJ’s girlfriend, Sinead Lynch, held a framed picture as she was comforted by fellow mourners.
Fellow Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey and RTE DJs Ronan Collins and Dave Fanning were also on hand to say goodbye.
Tony’s former 2fm colleague and fellow PPI Hall of Fame member Larry Gogan was one of the earliest to arrive.
The world of television was also represented with comedian Mario Rosenstock and weather girl Nuala Carey, with music stars Andrea and Jim Corr also turning out.
The Today FM DJ had been undergoing treatment for the recurrent cancer he had been battling since 2011 but sadly lost the fight last Thursday, aged just 53.
“I would have known Tony since we started doing the first feiles in 1990,” Justin Green of concert promoters MCD told the Herald.
“He is a legend, one in a million. There’s no doubt he is spinning the discs up in heaven. I’m sure he is already running the place as well,” he added.
DJ Tony Fenton
Speaking at his removal, Fr Brendan Keeley said Tony never had a bad word to say about anyone in his life.
“I knew Tony for 23 years, since before I was a priest. We were great friends. He was just a great character,” he said.
Former Today FM colleague Ray D’Arcy also attended today’s ceremony as did RTE’s Brenda Donoghue and Larry Gogan.
Morah Ryan, the wife of the late 2fm Dj Gerry Ryan, arrived with her daughter Lottie and restaurateur Robbie Fox was also there. Dickie Rock and Aslan’s Billy McGuinness also paid tribute.
Fenton spent almost two decades at 2fm but left in 2003 and joined Today FM.
He scooped the music broadcaster of the year honour at the 2008 PPI awards.