Aidin Kennedy: Funeral details released as friends remember ‘warm and kind’ journalist

The funeral of journalist Aidin Kennedy will take place on Tuesday after her death over the weekend at the age of 43.

On Friday, Aideen tweeted that she was being treated at the hospital but is now on her way home to receive palliative care, however she passed away at the hospital on Saturday.

In her latest social media post, the journalist, who may have been best known for her work at UTV, urged her followers to keep an eye on her kids.

“Life has failed, and I am just as sick as when I got to the hospital. [I’m] essentially return home to die but receive palliative care. Children know. If you run into them, will you keep an eye on them? They are the kindest, sweetest, most caring kids,” she said.

On Saturday, it became known that she had passed away.

Journalist Claire Savage said she first met Eidin when they were both on the Washington Ireland Program 20 years ago.

“I will always remember her as a black-haired, bright-eyed, cheerful young woman, and she made such a strong impression on me that I advised her to go to work at Belfast Citybeat, where I worked with Stephen Nolan,” she told reporters. Belfast Telegraph.

“I was leaving Citybeat at the time. She was already a talented journalist, but I thought she really had a face to broadcast. She was warm, kind and a real person.

“I knew she would be a great TV presenter because she had a natural attitude towards people. Aidin got a job at Citybeat and we grew up in the media industry together.

“We met regularly and followed each other’s careers and everyone who knew Eidin knew her as a warm and kind woman.

“Unfortunately, she has been dealt a lot of bad blows in her life. Unfortunately, when I moved to England, we lost contact a little, but I remember her very fondly, especially when we were 20 together in America.

“She was a gifted woman who loved people and people loved her. I hope her parents can take some comfort in the fact that so many people loved her. It’s a rarity in the media industry, but it really was.”

After the news of Eidin’s death, grief washed over me.

In a statement, a UTV spokesperson expressed condolences to her family.

“The UTV family is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former colleague and friend Aidin Kennedy. A truly gifted reporter, she has spent many years on UTV telling viewers stories from all over Northern Ireland,” the spokesperson said.

DUP MLA Emma Little-Pangelly also met Aidin at the Washington Irish Program. She said she was “absolutely devastated” by the death of her “handsome, funny, kind friend”.

“I will miss her terribly. We met 22 years ago when we shared a room for a summer in DC and became fast friends. Farewell, beautiful,” she said.

A report on the deceased journalist’s funeral said: “Devoted mother to Jacob and Eve, beloved daughter of Noel and Maura, loving sister of the late Rory, Dara and Fiona (Brady).

“Aidin’s remains will leave O’Keynes Funeral Homes, 116-118 Donegall Street, Belfast at 10:30 am and arrive at the Church of the Good Shepherd for a funeral mass at 11:00 am on Tuesday 21 June 2022. Subsequent preparations for cremation. The house is private.

“Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired can be made to RNIB c/o O’Kanes Funeral Directors or online at www.okanesfunerals.co.uk.”

Eidin was one of four siblings, all of whom died young. She is survived by two children, Jacob and Eva, and her parents, Noel and Maura.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph back in 2019, Eidin opened up about how she lost her younger brother Daru to a brain tumor in 2015 and her older sister Fiona got cancer soon after.

“I grew up in Belfast. It was me, my parents – my father was an engineer, and my mother was a teacher – my sister Fiona and my brother Dara. Both Fiona and Dara have passed away in recent years. Fiona was 44 and Dara was only 35. They were my best friends,” she said.

“I had another brother, Rory, who died in a car accident when he was a year old. We talked about him all the time. Seamus Heaney’s Intermission reminds me of Rory.

“The line ‘I’ve seen him for the first time in six weeks. Now he has turned pale, he has a poppy bruise on his left temple” has always been remembered by me.

“My mom said that Rory looked like an angel and you wouldn’t notice that anything happened other than a bruise. I remember the teacher reading this poem. This immediately made me think of him.

“My mom Maura and dad Noel are the strongest and sweetest people I know. Since my mother was a teacher and my father is from Argentina, the nature of our family has always put children first.

“We are very people-oriented as a family. We were a very close-knit family and did a lot together.”

In the same interview, she paid tribute to her parents.

“They have been through a lot, losing three of their children, but they refuse to let life catch up with them,” she said.

“They are funny, loving and supportive and love everything life has to offer. They are bridge champions. Although I don’t really approve of them playing bridge all over the world because my nerves are on edge when they jump, I admire their attitude towards life.