Saturday 24 August 2019

Tributes paid as body of 'Irish Times' journalist Holmquist found on beach


Kathryn (Kate) Holmquist
Kathryn (Kate) Holmquist

Allison Bray

The search for a missing journalist has ended following the discovery of a woman's body on a Dublin beach.

Former 'Irish Times' journalist and author Kate Holmquist (62) was last seen at her home on Lower Albert Road, Sandycove, Dublin, at 6pm on Saturday.

Her body was found on Dollymount Strand yesterday morning and gardaí said her death was being treated as a personal tragedy.

The American-born mother of three was a long-standing journalist at the newspaper, and her most recent piece appeared in the paper in 2015. She also published a memoir called 'A Good Daughter' and published a novel called 'The Glass Room'.

Last night, Deirdre Veldon, deputy editor of the 'Irish Times', paid tribute to the writer, saying: "One of the most accomplished features writers of her generation, Kate Holmquist was possessed of an empathetic approach, a keen ear and an eye for detail. As a writer, she first chronicled the early stirrings of a changing Ireland, especially as those changes affected women. In her work in the 'Irish Times', she occupied a variety of roles including that of education correspondent, features writer and commissioning editor."

Irish Independent

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