Jim Fahy

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Jim Fahy
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Kilrickle National School
De la Salle School, Loughrea
Garbally College
Occupation Journalist and Broadcaster
Years active 1965 - 2011
Employer RTÉ (1974 - 2011)
Known for Looking West; Western Editor RTÉ News
Awards Jacob's Awards for Radio 1984

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.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Fahy was born in Kilrickle, County Galway.[2] He was educated locally in Kilrickle National School, De la Salle School, Loughrea and Garbally College.[1] He aspired to become a pilot, but instead embarked on a career as a journalist.[3]

Fahy lives with his wife Christina.[4]


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.[3]

He joined RTÉ in 1974 as its first Western News Correspondent.[5] 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.[6] 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.[6] It was described by the The Irish Times as "ground-breaking".[3]

While working for RTÉ News and Current Affairs, he also travelled abroad, making many documentaries, a large quantity of which featured Irish aid workers.[7] 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.[3] He was also on the scene of the September 11 attacks and profiled the Irish-American victims of them.[1] In 2002, his documentary Stories from the Twin Towers, won a gold medal at the New York Festivals Television Programming Awards.[6]

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.[3][6]

[..] every single thing that happened in the West of Ireland, be it political or cultural or international, the first thing people would say to each other was, ‘have you contacted Jim Fahy?’ [...]
President Michael D. Higgins, RTÉ News: Six One, 31 December 2011.

He was appointed to the position of Western Editor by RTÉ in 2005, and was based in the station's Galway studio.[1] In 2011, he retired along with other high-profile news broadcasters Anne Doyle and Michael Ryan.[4] He worked for the station for 37 years and was accomplished as the longest-serving regional news correspondent.[3] His final news report was broadcast on RTÉ on 31 December 2011.[8] 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".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jim Fahy: A Biography". RTÉ Television. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "WESTERN JOURNALIST RETIRES AFTER 46 YEAR CAREER". Galway Bay FM. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Siggins, Laura (31 December 2011). "Award-winning RTÉ western editor closes a 46-year career". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b McDonald, Brian (31 December 2011). "RTÉ's Jim calls it a day after 50 years in journalism". Evening Herald. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Barry, Aoife. "President Higgins pays tribute to RTÉ’s Jim Fahy". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d McDonald, Brian (31 December 2011). "Fahy heads into the west after almost 40 years on air". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "RADHARC AWARD 2006 PRESENTED TO ‘When You Say 4,000 Goodbyes’" (PDF). RADHARC. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Six One News: Western Editor Jim Fahy signs off on final report". RTÉ.ie. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.