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Telegraph’s ‘Man About Town’ Hill dies at 73

By Catherine Lynagh

Tributes have been paid following the sudden death of renowned Northern Ireland art critic and columnist Ian Hill.

The former Belfast Telegraph ‘Man About Town’ columnist died in the company of his wife Helena at their Strangford home yesterday.

The father-of-two suffered a suspected heart attack. He was 73.

During his illustrious journalism career Mr Hill also worked for the News Letter and Irish Times.

His wife Helena last night paid tribute to her husband, describing him as “ a great man who will be dearly missed”.

“I knew him since my student days,” she said.

Before embarking on a career in journalism Mr Hill qualified as a dentist at Queen’s University in Belfast.

At Queen’s he honed his writing skills, becoming editor of the university’s Gown newspaper.

His passions were travel, food and the arts.

He was formerly a director of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and is the author of and contributor to many travel books about the island of Ireland — most recently My Lagan Love.

Latterly he was the author of the Belfast Telegraph's ‘Man About Town’ column. He was on the board of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and the Ulster Theatre Company.

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