Patsy McGarry is Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times. He succeeded Andy Pollak as editor in the mid-1990s. He also is the commissioning editor for articles which are published in the paper's Rite and Reason column every Monday. McGarry also writes occasionally on social issues for the newspaper. He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the The Irish Press group, Magill magazine, and freelanced briefly for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).
He was theatre critic at the The Irish Press from 1990 until 1995. He received a national media award for comment and analysis in 1992 for Sunday Independent articles on the fall of Charles Haughey as Taoiseach and was awarded the 1998 Templeton European Religion Writer of the Year for articles in The Irish Times on Drumcree, the papal visit to Cuba that year, and articles criticising the Irish Churches for failing to practise what they preached on reconciliation.
In 2001 he edited Christianity, a collection of essays published by Veritas. A collection of weekly columns he wrote for The Irish Times in 2000 was published by that paper in 2001 under the title The Book of Jesus Report, a contemporary account of the four Gospels.
In 2006 Patsy wrote While Justice Slept: The True Story of Nicky Kelly and the Sallins Train Robbery.
He also wrote the official biography of President Mary McAleese, entitled First Citizen: Mary McAleese and the Irish Presidency.
He appears on TV3 occasionally.
In April 2014 it was revealed that McGarry was behind an anonymous Twitter account (Thomas59) which was used to attack his former Irish Times colleague John Waters.
- by Chompsky (2010-08-17). "“Everyone Sat There Enjoying The Spectacle Of Me Being Savaged”". Broadsheet.ie. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
Articles by Patsy McGarry
- On the Message of Christmas (2004)
- Abuse compensation fund almost depleted, say bishops (2005)
- Dowell rejects criticism of Asbos (2005)
Books by Patsy McGarry