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Jim Fahy

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Nationality  Irish
Education  Garbally College
Role  Journalist

Name  Jim Fahy
Years active  1965 - 2011
Employer  Raidio Teilifis Eireann
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Born  1946 (age 68–69)Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland
Occupation  Journalist and Broadcaster
Known for  Looking West; Western Editor RTE News
Awards  Jacob's Awards for Radio 1984

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James Fahy (born 1946) is an Irish journalist broadcaster, journalist and documentary-maker. He was the Western Editor for RTÉ News and was RTÉ's longest-serving regional correspondent at the time of his retirement in 2011.


Early and personal life

Fahy was born in Kilrickle, County Galway. He was educated locally in Kilrickle National School, De la Salle School, Loughrea and Garbally College. He aspired to become a pilot, but instead embarked on a career as a journalist.

Fahy lives with his wife Christina.


He started working in 1965 for the Tuam Herald. While working at the paper he wrote a social diary which he called Nitescene. He was looked upon with great respect by his former colleagues at the paper.

He joined RTÉ in 1974 as its first Western News Correspondent. In his early career in this role he reported on events such as the building and controversy of Ireland West Airport Knock, the kidnapping of Don Tidey by the IRA and the affair that local Bishop Eamon Casey had. He is well known for making over 450 editions of Looking West for RTÉ Radio between 1977 and 1984, a programme about storytellers and musicians in the West of Ireland. It was described by the The Irish Times as "ground-breaking".

While working for RTÉ News and Current Affairs, he also travelled abroad, making many documentaries, a large quantity of which featured Irish aid workers. With producer Dick Warner, he interviewed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1976 and journeyed across Africa for documentaries. More recently, he has reported from Belarus, Haiti and Somalia. He was also on the scene of the September 11 attacks and profiled the Irish-American victims of them. In 2002, his documentary Stories from the Twin Towers, won a gold medal at the New York Festivals Television Programming Awards.

Fahy has won numerous other awards, including a Jacob's Award in 1984, as well as forty other national and international awards, many with producer Caroline Bleahen.

He was appointed to the position of Western Editor by RTÉ in 2005, and was based in the station's Galway studio. In 2011, he retired along with other high-profile news broadcasters Anne Doyle and Michael Ryan. He worked for the station for 37 years and was accomplished as the longest-serving regional news correspondent. His final news report was broadcast on RTÉ on 31 December 2011. A tribute was paid to him from President Michael D. Higgins, who said that he would be "missed" and that he has a "seductive charm".


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