Tony McAuley

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Tony McAuley
BornAnthony
(1939-10-24)24 October 1939
Cookstown, County Tyrone
Died 7 June 2003(2003-06-07) (aged 63)
Glens of Antrim
Resting place Cushendall, County Antrim [1]
Education Queen's University Belfast

Tony McAuley (24 October 1939 – 7 June 2003) was a Northern Irish broadcaster, producer and musician.

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Biography

Early life and education

McAuley was born Anthony on 24 October 1939 to a chemist from Cookstown, County Tyrone. Tony was the nephew of the famous Glens of Antrim painter Charles McAuley and brother of author and broadcaster Roisin McAuley. [2]

Cookstown town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

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County Tyrone Place

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He was educated at Saint Patrick's College, Armagh and later at Queen's University Belfast, where he was a founding member of the Glee Club together with fellow musicians such as Phil Coulter and Paul Brady.

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Broadcasting career

His musical ability led him to produce and direct a ground breaking Irish music programme titled As I Roved Out, a programme responsible for giving many musicians their first TV appearance; artists now well known such as Mary Black, Paul Brady, Christy Moore and others.

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Death and afterward

Tony McAuley died from cancer on 7 June 2003. His funeral and interment occurred at St Mary's Church in Cushendall, County Antrim. [1] In 2005, Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya released the song "Amarantine" in memory of him.

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