Saturday 18 November 2017

Tributes to 'old-style' journalist

TRIBUTES were last night paid to veteran journalist Dermot Walsh who died after a long illness.

Mr Walsh (65), who had a career spanning more than three decades, died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

The self-confessed "old-style" journalist started as a junior reporter in Wexford paper, the 'Free Press'.

But by the time he was 26 he was manning the news desk of the Irish Independent. During his long career, he wrote for the 'Irish Press', the 'Sunday Independent' and was editor of the 'Clare News'. He also published an acclaimed book on the killing of Det Gda Jerry McCabe in Adare in June 1996, 'To the Honour of Jerry McCabe' and also 'Tragedy at Tuskar Rock', an investigation into the Aer Lingus crash off the Wexford coast in 1968.

The renowned journalist, who was born in Wexford and moved to Limerick in the 1990s, battled cancer twice.

Last night, FG TD Kieran O'Donnell said: "He was a figurehead journalist and a true gentleman."

He is survived by his wife Joyce, children Emmet and Grainne, and parents Joe and Anne.

Irish Independent

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