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Funeral of Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine takes place in Co Antrim

Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83.
Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Friends including John Lenaghan ( AKA May McFetridge )
Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Friends including John Lenaghan ( AKA May McFetridge )
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Former picture editor of the Belfast Telegraph Gerry Fitzgerald
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Ivan Little
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Danny Kinahan
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Peter Rainey Pictor Editor and Kevin Scott Photographer of the Belfast Telegraph
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Saturday 3 August 2019 Tele legend Eddie McIlwaine, a friend to the stars and to the readers, dies at age of 83. Service of thanksgiving was held at St. Catherine's Church, Killead, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

The funeral of Belfast Telegraph legend Eddie McIlwaine has taken place in Co Antrim.

The service took place at St Catherine's Church in Crumlin on Saturday.

Eddie, who was 83, passed away earlier this week at his home in Antrim surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle against cancer.

Eddie worked for a number of publications during a 60-year career in journalism but was best known for his many years spent at the Belfast Telegraph.

He kept writing a column in the Belfast Telegraph until December 2017.

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Late Belfast Telegraph journalist Eddie McIlwaine

Through his work he met many of the biggest stars in the world- including Cliff Richard, Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond and Belfast's own Ruby Murray.

Many friends and colleagues attended his funeral, including John Lenaghan (May McFetrdige).

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Irene. The couple met in February 1977 and married in August that year.

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