By Dan Walsh
The death has taken place of popular radio journalist Paul Rowley, (62), who was the voice of South East Radio news and sport over many years. Many tributes are accumulating from his legion of friends and colleagues.
Sunday Sports Hour presenter Aidan Delaney and reporter Liam Spratt paid tribute to Paul Rowley on this evening’s programme. “Plenty of good memories being shared by people who knew Paul and he will be sadly missed,” said Aidan, who added; “Condolences to his brother Michael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.”
A graduate of St. Peter’s College, Wexford, Paul Rowley had worked with pirate radio stations in Wexford before local broadcasting was legalised and he joined South East Radio in the newsroom when the station first went on the air in October 1989.
He was Head of News at South East Radio from 1989 for 14 years, also worked as a newsroom journalist with Today FM, FM104 and 98FM, before spending many years behind the microphone on Saturdays and Sundays as the presenter of South East Radio’s Weekend Sport.
Paul was very thorough in his work and a tough disciplinarian, however, he was fair and recognised best efforts with dignity and appreciation. He trained many broadcasters (including this writer) in the rudimentary system in the days when technical issues were complex, editing was a slow process and communications was by phone or old-fashioned pen and paper. He strived for good radio listening at all times!
He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of sport and his enthusiasm and interest covered not only the popular sports, but the minority sports too! He got great satisfaction from explaining the scoring system of the cricket matches, a challenge that was beyond many who enjoyed watching the game.
Paul was a volunteer with Wexford Order of Malta and was a regular at the horse racing meets at Bettyville Park looking after the welfare of the jockeys who were not jumping with the fluency required and were having a bad day!
He was a talented broadcaster, blessed with an articulate voice that that was warm and inviting to the listeners, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him and were privileged to be in his company or those who simply knew Paul Rowley through his voice on the radio. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.
FAMILY NOTICE; The death has occurred of Paul Rowley, William Street, Wexford. Beloved son of the late Maureen and Owen. Brother of Michael. Former Presenter on South East Radio. Sadly missed by his brother, extended family, friends and former work colleagues. May he Rest in Peace.
Due to Government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral shall take place on Wednesday, August 4th followed by private cremation.