The late Gregory Dunne

Sad passing of former Leitrim Observer owner and editor

John Connolly

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John Connolly

The late Greg Dunne (centre) pictured outside the old Leitrim Observer building in Carrick-on-Shannon Peter; John, Alfie & William Bucknall who are the direct descendants of Francis Mulvey, who owned

The late Greg Dunne (centre) pictured outside the old Leitrim Observer building in Carrick-on-Shannon Peter; John, Alfie & William Bucknall who are the direct descendants of Francis Mulvey, who owned

The Leitrim Observer has lost an icon of it’s past with the news of the sad passing of former Leitrim Observer owner and editor Gregory Dunne after a short illness has taken place.

Gregory passed away after a short illness on Thursday morning in University College Hospital Galway and is survived by his twin brother Angus and children Geraldine, Pat, Jacqui and Natasha and was predeceased by his wife Margaret and daughter Albertine.

The Dunne name has been associated with the Leitrim Observer for over 100 years and Gregory Dunne himself had a 35 year association with the Leitrim Observer, serving as editor of the paper from 1968 to 1984 while he also acted as the managing director of the paper.

A great believer in innovation, Gregory completely revamped the technological processes in the Observer in his time and was a keen judge of journalistic talents, giving renowned journalists David Walsh and Paul Williams their first starts in the business.

Gregory was also a pioneer as he employed the first female journalist in the paper’s history, Geraldine Dennany, in the mid 1980s.

In his later years after retirement, Gregory was also involved with community and historical groups and penned a fascinating article in the Leitrim Observer 125th Anniversary Supplement detailing the life and times of the Leitrim Observer.

The staff and management of the Leitrim Observer and Iconic Newspapers would like to offer the Dunne family our deepest sympathy on the sad passing of Gregory. The Leitrim Observer has lost a legend of our own history. May Gregory Rest In Peace.

Details of funeral arrangements will be published as soon as they come to hand.