Thursday 15 November 2018

Quentin Doran-O'Reilly

Wordsmith whose career with Irish Farmers' Journal spanned 46 years

The well-known equestrian journalist Quentin Doran-O'Reilly, who died on February 18, worked on the Irish Farmers' Journal for 46 years until his retirement in 2008. He was the eldest son of the late J Doran-O'Reilly of the Dublin Evening Mail, Sunday Chronicle and Sunday Times and was the first of his four sons to follow him into a media career.

Quentin continued to contribute to the Journal up to his illness. While still at school, he became a local correspondent for the Dublin evening papers and later joined the Irish Farmers' Journal in 1962 as a junior reporter.

Moving into newspaper production, he became chief sub-editor, going on to become managing editor, as well as editing Country Living magazine.

Quentin was instrumental in bringing page make-up on computer to the Irish Farmers' Journal, ahead of other Irish newspapers. During those years he continued freelance work, doing the layout and design for Pioneer Magazine, Contractor magazine and several books published by Agri Books.

He was appointed editor of Irish Equestrian News which was published by the Showjumping Association of Ireland, and also became editor of the Irish Horse section of the Irish Farmers' Journal.

He was a founder member and chairman of the Guild of Equestrian Journalists of Ireland, chairman of the South County Dublin Hunt, council member of the Irish Pony Society and founder member of the Kildare/North Leinster region of the society.

Quentin is survived by his wife Noreen, daughters Darinagh and Joey and his extended family.

Sunday Independent

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