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25th Jun 2024

Former RTÉ journalist Tommie Gorman dies aged 68

Simon Kelly

Tommie Gorman dies

He worked with the broadcaster for over 40 years.

Former RTÉ journalist Tommie Gorman has died at the age of 68.

Mr Gorman worked at the national broadcaster for over 40 years before retiring in April 2021, while serving as RTÉ News’s Northern Editor.

The Sligo man’s family released a statement about his passing on Tuesday afternoon.

“Tommie was a cherished husband, father, brother, and friend whose innate kindness and generosity of spirit touched the lives of all who knew him,” his family said.

“His memory will forever remain in our hearts, and his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us every day.”

Former RTÉ journalist Tommie Gorman dies aged 68

Born in 1956, Mr Gorman spent three years working in the Ballina-based Western Journal before joining RTÉ in 1980 as North-West correspondent.

He then moved to Brussels in 1989 to become Europe Editor and following that, he was appointed Northern Editor in 2001.

Some of Mr Gorman’s most memorable moments at RTÉ include interviewing Roy Keane directly after his walking out on the Ireland camp in Saipan in 2002, and speaking to poet Seamus Heaney on a Greek island after he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In 1994, he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 37 and subsequently made a documentary called ‘Europe, Cancer and Me’.

He is survived by his wife Ceara Roche and their two children Moya and Joe.

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