The death has taken place of Jim Guire, Kilmoremoy, Ballina, Co Mayo, and former editor of the Western People newspaper.
Mr McGuire, who was in 86, had a long career in provincial and national newspapers in Ireland.
He began his career in journalism in the Western People in Ballina in the 1950s and later moved to Independent Newspapers for a number of years, working in Limerick. He returned to Ballina to take up the post of Managing Editor of the Western People in the early 1960s.
Mr McGuire left the Western People in 1975 to take up a senior managerial positions with Independent Newspapers. He was editor of the Kerryman in Tralee, and later editor of The Drogheda Independent.
In 1977, he returned to Ballina to launch the Western Journal newspaper with fellow journalist and columnist, John Healy from Charlestown.
The paper was a rival to the Western People for a number of years, but due to a declining advertising revenue it closed in 1983.
Mr McGuire wrote a number of books, most notably “The Light That Never Goes Out” about the life of Father Joe Foy PP, and “Steeple and People”, an illustrated history of Ballina and St Muredach’s Cathedral.
He also wrote popular weekly current affairs column, “Plant Chant”, in the Western People up until recent years when he had to retire due to ill-health.
He is survived by his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, brother, and relatives.