Editor's Viewpoint: Telegraph's Eddie one man who will never be forgotten
Eddie McIlwaine, who has died, would not have been affronted to be called an old-fashioned hack. There was ink in his blood and although he served a tough apprenticeship in news, especially for a national newspaper during the Troubles, he made his mark in the world of entertainment, showbusiness and whimsy.
Through his friendship with the late Jim Aiken he met many entertainment stars and treated them like he did everyone else, with respect but not deference. For Eddie the story always came first, but it was not a ruthless pursuit. He was a man it was impossible to dislike, and in a competitive profession that is an accolade. It was a pleasure to know him.
Please log in or register with belfasttelegraph.co.uk for free access to this article.