July 27, 2004 by

Douglas Gageby

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Categories: Media, Military, Writers/Editors

Douglas Gageby believed that members of the media should cover the elite, not become a member of it. For more than three decades, the Irish journalist and editor rarely gave television interviews or socialized with those in power. Instead, he focused his attentions on transforming The Irish Times into one of Ireland’s most respected newspapers.
A Protestant from Belfast, Gageby studied at Trinity College Dublin, and served in the Irish Army during World War II. He joined the Irish Press in 1945, moved up to an assistant editor position with the Sunday Press in 1949, then became the editor-in-chief of the Irish News Agency in 1951. Three years later, he launched and edited the Evening Press.
When Gageby first took over the reins of The Irish Times, the newspaper was struggling financially and had little clout in media circles. As editor from 1963 to 1974, and again from 1977 to 1986, he transformed the daily into one of Ireland’s premiere publications.
After Gageby stepped down in 1987, Conor Brady became the first Catholic to edit the newspaper. Gageby continued working as a columnist, however, anonymously writing the paper’s nature column, “In Time’s Eye.” He was known only as “Y.”
Gageby died on June 24. Cause of death was not released. He was 85.

One Response to Douglas Gageby

  1. Conor

    Gageby was indeed a fine journalist and is remembered as such in Ireland. However, he did not serve during in the Irish Army during WWII. He would not have had much to do – Ireland remained neutral during that conflict. If anything, he served with the British Army.

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