The former editor of The Sligo Champion Seamus Finn has died.
He passed away peacefully at The North West Hospice, The Mall, Sligo on Friday last.
Having joined the newspaper in 1968 he was appointed to the position in 1972 and served as editor for four decades.
He was at 24, the youngest editor in the country at the time.
During his long career he was a regular contributor to RTÉ Radio Sport's Sunday evening programmes for many years and to RTÉ television's Today/Tonight and other radio and tv current affairs programmes, particularly at general election times.
He helped instigate the County Sligo Person of the Year and Community Awards in association with Sligo Mental Health Association which will have been running for 25 years in 2010.
He launched major campaign in conjunction with the One Mind Club to raise funds for dialysis unit at Sligo General Hospital and was responsible for the production of The Sligo Champion Sesquicentenary supplement which marked the 150th anniversary of the paper in 1986.
Mr. Finn, apart from his journalistic endeavours also had a keen interest in photography. He was a former Chairman Sligo Camera Club and was a highly regarded landscape photographer whose work has featured in many exhibitions. He was regarded as black and white specialist. See links below
He was a member of the NUJ during his 41 year career and was a former Chairman of the North Connacht Branch NUJ.
In 2011 he was made a Freeman of Sligo and was the last person to receive this prestigious honour.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Sheila (née o`Donnell).
Seamus will be sadly missed by his loving sons Seamus in Barcelona and Kevin in Australia, sisters Eileen in Washington, Mary in Dublin and Breege in Sligo, grandchild Ilan, daughters-in-law Keren and Ester, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Seamus will repose at the Foley & McGowan funeral home , Market Yard, Sligo this evening, Monday, from 6pm until 8pm.
Funeral will arrive to St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan tomorrow morning, Tuesday, for funeral mass at 11am with funeral proceeding afterwards to Sligo cemetery.May He Rest In Peace
Some of Seamus's photographs are included in Sligo Today 20/8/14