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Barrister and journalist Jim Farrelly dies aged 77
The late Jim Farrelly Pic: Justin Farrelly

29 May 2020 / Ireland Print

Barrister and journalist Jim Farrelly dies aged 77

Barrister and journalist Jim Farrelly has passed away after a battle with cancer.

He was 77.

Jim Farrelly, of Glenageary, Co Dublin and late of Oldcastle, Co Meath, was called to the Bar in 1977.

An old-school Independent Newspapers journalist, he was regarded as both talented and tough by admiring colleagues, who were also won over by his debonair charm.

Contacts book

His contacts book was vast and impressive, and a source of envy and awe among newsroom colleagues.

He was managing director and editor-in-chief of the Sunday Tribune before his retirement in 2004.

He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Gemma, son Justin, daughter-in-law Megan and grandchildren Jamie, Pai-Lily and Daisy Belle.

He is predeceased by his son Jamie. He is also survived by his sisters Elizabeth, Freda and brothers Michael and Gerard.

Prior to the Sunday Tribune, Jim was managing director of the Drogheda Independent, 1990-96, The Kerryman, 1996-2000, and MD of INM provincial newspapers, 1996-2000.


He first joined Independent Newspapers in 1968, where he worked as a reporter and columnist until 1979. He then joined the first iteration of the Sunday Tribune as news editor and deputy editor.

In 1982, he was editor of the short lived Daily News and in 1984 he re-joined Independent News and Media where he was features editor 1986-2000.

A native of Oldcastle, County Meath, he was educated at Gilson Endowed School Oldcastle, St. Finian’s College Mullingar, UCD, The Milltown Institute of Philosophy, and Kings Inns, and was called to the Bar in 1977.

He is author of Who’s Who in Irish Politics – the Top 500.

His remains will repose at Quinn’s Funeral Home, Glasthule, Co Dublin, on bank holiday Monday, 1 June from 12-4pm and his funeral will take place privately in St. Joseph’s Church, Glasthule on Tuesday 2June.

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