Tuesday 19 March 2019

RTE's Jim calls it a day after 50 years in journalism

One of the country's most recognisable broadcasters finally calls it a day today.

RTE western editor Jim Fahy, below, will hang up his microphone as he heads into retirement following a career spanning almost half a century in journalism.

He is the third high-profile RTE journalist to bow out this month. He joins Michael Ryan and Anne Doyle at the exit door of the State broadcaster.

"I never wanted to know what tomorrow would bring. That was the joy of being privileged to do the job that people like us do -- so I have no plans to do anything in broadcasting," he said.

A native of Kilreekil in east Galway, he began his professional life as a trainee reporter with the Tuam Herald newspaper in 1965 and was appointed RTE western correspondent in 1974.

He became western editor in 2008.

He reported on the manhunt and arrests of notorious killers John Shaw and Geoffrey Evans in 1976; the remarkable achievement of the late Mgr James Horan in having an international airport built; and the story of Bishop Eamon Casey's departure from Galway when it emerged he had fathered a child.

He collected over 40 international awards.

He and his wife Christina look forward to spending more time with their grandchildren, Amy, Dylan and Hugh.


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