Sunday 24 June 2018

Tributes paid to talented photographer who passed away

Picture taken by James Flynn of snow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near Kinnitty, Co Offaly.
Picture taken by James Flynn of snow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near Kinnitty, Co Offaly.
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Warm tributes have been paid to Tullamore-based photographer James Flynn who has passed away.

Mr Flynn was remembered him as a “thorough professional” who was always ready to offer a helping hand by friends and colleagues.

Jane Last, Head of News at Independent Newspapers said:  “James Flynn was one of the most talented photographers in the country. His pictures regularly graced the pages of the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, the Herald, and featured on Independent.ie. His pictures were produced to a high standard and James took great pride in his images.

“He was lovely to deal with and very reliable - you always knew James would get you the best picture of whatever subject you wanted covered,” said Ms Last.

Fooding in Portarlington, Co Laois. Photo: James Flynn/APX
Fooding in Portarlington, Co Laois. Photo: James Flynn/APX

“I knew James personally when working as a reporter in Tullamore - he was always helpful, gave advice and information on stories, and steered you in the right direction.

“A number of our editors and reporters have dealt with James over the years and we are all deeply saddened to hear of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” she said.

Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists’ said that: “James Flynn was recognised as a photographer of great energy, and well-known throughout the Midlands, for being extremely helpful and also being willing to go the extra mile. Journalists enjoyed working with him for that reason.

“He was a thorough professional with a very positive attitude to journalists’ and journalism,” said Mr Dooley.

Final preparations are under way at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photo: James Flynn
Final preparations are under way at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photo: James Flynn

Gerard Scully, the Editor of the Tullamore Tribune told Independent.ie that “James was very affable, and very capable and very professional at his job, and a very talented photographer.”

 “The town of Tullamore is very saddened at his death. He will be missed,” he said.

Robbie Reynolds, President of the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland also said that colleagues and friends were very saddened to hear of James’ death.

Mr Flynn had a wide range of  clients across the press and public relations sector.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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