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Press photographer Gilligan dies aged 83

PRESS photographer Eamonn Gilligan, who worked with the Irish Independent and 'Evening Herald' for more than three decades, died yesterday, aged 83.

Mr Gilligan, who was originally from Limerick and lived in Drumcondra, Dublin, first joined the Independent group in the early 1960s and captured many of the key news events of the next 30 years.

He was in Derry on Bloody Sunday, photographed John F Kennedy during his visit to Ireland and worked on the Don Tidey kidnapping.

But he was perhaps best known for his role in the 'Evening Herald' 'Going Places' column, working with journalist Tom Hennigan on the social events of the time.

He photographed music legends such as The Beatles and his own personal favourite, Luciano Pavarotti.

He and his wife, the late Maura (nee McCarthy), emigrated to Toronto, Canada, where they were married and had their first child, but returned to Dublin to raise their family.

Photographer and former colleague Matt Walsh last night described his friend as "a straight talker who spoke from the hip but he was a very kind man, a gentle person, very well liked".

Mr Gilligan died in the early hours of yesterday morning after a short illness. He is survived by his four children: Jimmy, Brian, David and Anne.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

Irish Independent