RTÉ programme to reflect on fascinating career of Galway broadcaster Jim Fahy

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Broadcasters Dick Warner (left) and Jim Fahy in 1976

The extraordinary career of the late Galway broadcaster Jim Fahy will be explored in a special programme on RTÉ One on Tuesday evening.

The 75-year-old was the national broadcaster’s longest serving regional correspondent when he retired in 2011.

After starting his journalistic career with the Tuam Herald newspaper, he made the leap to broadcasting in the early 1970s and revolutionised regional reporting.

Over the years that followed, his voice on radio and television became synonymous with life in the west of Ireland.

For decades, on nightly bulletins, he catalogued the twists and turns of life in the towns and villages of the region, covering tales of joy and heartbreak, despair, and delight.

But Jim wasn’t just a local journalist, he travelled to Africa, Ukraine, South America, Haiti and beyond, documenting the lives of people who were impacted by famine, war, poverty, and injustice.

For 38 busy years he was the go-to person when a story broke; was liked, admired and more than anything else trusted by the people of the west of Ireland and further afield.

His filmmaking earned him over forty national and international awards, yet he shunned the limelight and never pursued the trappings of ‘personality’. He valued his privacy and guarded it fiercely.

For Jim, it was the story and the pursuit of it that was always king. He died in January 2022, with President Michael D. Higgins leading tributes.

President Higgins described the reporter as one of Ireland’s finest broadcasters, saying that for generations of people he was a familiar voice, associated with the reporting of events across the west of Ireland.

Cloch Le Carn will see friends, colleagues and family speak about the broadcaster, describing him as born mentor, a keen sailor and hillwalker, a devoted husband and father and grandfather.

His legacy will be that of someone who often gave a voice to the voiceless, who was the ears of the west of Ireland, and for over forty years documented a fast-disappearing life for future generations.

Cloch le Carn will be on RTÉ One on Tuesday 6 December at 7pm.