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Jim Downey with the late broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna
Jim Downey with the late broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna

James Downey recalled how the "romance" of the trade of journalism had entered his bloodstream at a very early age.

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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'.

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