Patsy McGarry

Patsy McGarryPatsy McGarry, Religious Affairs correspondent of The Irish Times is himself a Roscommon man.  He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the Irish Press group, Magill magazine, and freelanced briefly for RTÉ.

In 1989 he set up the first independent radio newsroom in the Republic at Capital Radio (now FM104) in Dublin, having previously worked for four years on pirate station Sunshine Radio in the city. He was theatre critic at the Irish Press from 1990 until 1995. He received a national media award for comment and analysis in 1992 for Sunday Independent articles on the fall of Charles Haughey as Taoiseach and was awarded the 1998 Templeton European Religion Writer of the Year for articles in The Irish Times on Drumcree, the papal visit to Cuba that year, and articles criticisng the Irish Churches for failing to practise what they preached on reconciliation.

In 2001 he edited Christianity, a collection of essays published by Veritas. A collection of weekly columns he wrote for The Irish Times in 2000 was published by that paper in 2001 under the title The Book of Jesus Report, a contemporary account of the four gospels.  In 2006 Patsy wrote While Justice Slept: The True Story of Nicky Kelly and the Sallins Train Robbery. He also wrote the official biography of President Mary McAleese, entitled First Citizen: Mary McAleese and the Irish Presidency.