Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sector mourns loss of broadcaster Murray

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

One of the giants of Irish agricultural journalism, Joe Murray, died last week in Dublin's St Vincent's Private Hospital.

Mr Murray, 74, was from farming stock near Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and throughout his long career in television, radio and the print media, he won many awards, including the Agricultural Journalist of the Year award for a second time in 2002, despite having officially retired from RTÉ in 2000.

He joined RTÉ in the 1960s and was quickly elevated to head of agricultural programmes for the State broadcaster.


He was pivotal in the development of long-running series such as On the Land and Landmark on RTÉ television and Farmweek for radio.

The huge crowd attending the funeral service held in Foxrock at the weekend were told of Mr Murray's bravery in covering controversial stories, most notably the Beef Tribunals that investigated beef baron Larry Goodman's affairs.

Responsible for giving many within the Irish farming media their first start, Mr Murray will be fondly remembered for the constant encouragement he offered his younger colleagues.

He is survived by his wife, Toni, and daughters Isobel and Susan.

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