RTÉ tributes to late Sligo colleague, Justin Nelson
“Not surprisingly, he was good at that aspect of television, but he had other ambitions that soon took him to Producer and Director level – two aspects of the business where he excelled.
“Not only did he Produce and Direct, but he devised new streams of programme material, whether he was working in Sports or other programme departments.”
O’Carroll succinctly summarized the Sligo man’s in a tribute penned for colleagues: “Yes, Justin left his mark in RTÉ.
“Despite the onset of Parkinsons 17 years ago, he was the author of several books as well as being involved with Cabinteely Parish, including Active Retirement,” said the tribute.
Among the books he published was an autobiography and pictorial memoir “Why Me” which included his viewpoints on Parkinsons.
That book also included testimonials of Justin’s significance to RTÉ from Jimmy Magee, Bill O’Herlihy, BIbi Baskin from Donegal, Fred Cogley, Aonghus McAnally and Kathleen Watkins.
Justin Nelson also penned two other books - “Michael Collins - The Final Days” and “Michael Collins - A Fitting Farewell.”
Nelson’s own estimate was that he oversaw 18 All Ireland finals in Croke Park.
Locally, he is synonymous with several sports-themed series, some of which RTÉ filmed on location in his native Sligo.
Television series developed by Nelson included the Nissan Cycle Classic, the All Ireland Triathlon and Superstars.
The late Mr Nelson is survived by wife, Loretto (a deputy head of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra) and three daughters: Aisling, Niamh and Tara.