Nicola Anderson: Respected newspaper man who loved the smell of lead and ink, and the thrill of the big scoop
Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30
James Downey recalled how the "romance" of the trade of journalism had entered his bloodstream at a very early age.
Even in his childhood in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, he was already a news junkie, devouring the reports of newspapers - invariably the Irish Independent - the "staple of every Irish middle-class Catholic household."
Writing for newspapers gave him "half a century and more" of hard work and sheer pleasure, he wrote in his autobiography, 'In My Own Time'.