Archive for January, 2009

Death of Southern Star’s Liam O’Regan

January 5, 2009

The death has taken place, following a long illness, of one of the longest-serving newspaper editors in europe.

Liam O’Regan who owned and edited the Southern Star for the past 50 years, passed away at the weekend.

72 year old Mr O’Regan took over as editor of the Star in 1958 at the age of just 22. Throughout the entire duration of his his editorship, which continued right up until his death, Mr O’Regan strongly expressed his views on the neglect of rural areas such as West Cork.

The paper was founded in 1889 as a nationalist alternative to the more pro-British Skibbereen Eagle .

Mr O’Regan had been ill for a number of months and died peacefully at home at Abbeystrewery on Friday night last. He is survived by his wife Maeve, daughters Lisa, Fiona (Field), Breffni (Horgan), Nadine, son Neil, his brother Kevin and sister his Eleanor (O’Sullivan). His funeral will take place today with Requiem Mass in the Cathedral at 2pm followed by burial immediately afterwards at the New Cemetery.

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