A WELL-KNOWN Cork radio journalist who passed away on Monday night has been described as a “gent to his fingertips” by the Lord Mayor.
News of the death of Jim Horgan, who worked as a radio reporter for Cork's 96FM and C103, emerged on Monday night with many people taking to social media to pay their own personal tributes to the much-loved reporter.
Lord Mayor Mick Finn said: “Jim was a great man, a great friend. He will be greatly missed. A gent to his fingertips."
County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy added: “It was a pleasure to work with Jim over the years. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.” Jim, who lived in Ballyvolane, was a rugby fanatic and regularly reported on his beloved Munster and other sports such as soccer and basketball.
He also covered council meetings at City Hall and County Hall. He had been working in the media for the last decade and had previously been the curator of the military museum at Collins Barracks. He also worked at Pfizer for many years.
He died at the Mercy University Hospital after a short illness. He was 63.
Jim is survived by his wife Mary and their children, Damien, Barry, Jerry and Catriona and grandchildren.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, Kieran McGeary, group station director of 96FM and C103, said Jim will be deeply missed by his colleagues.
"Jim's radio family is still coming to terms with the news. He was a great character and a versatile reporter. He covered sport - rugby and basketball in particular - as well as council meetings for our newsroom for the last 10 years.
“He was always eager to volunteer on our annual Giving for Living Radiothon. The many deserved tributes being paid to Jim are a great comfort to his colleagues particularly those who worked closest with him. Our thoughts are with his wife, Mary, and his family at this difficult time."
PJ Coogan, presenter of 96FM's flagship show, the Opinion Line, said Jim was a “kind man and great fun to work with”.
Cork Constitution rugby club described Jim as an “absolute gentleman” and a “great supporter” of club and schools rugby in Munster.
Senator Jerry Buttimer said: “He was a wonderful person whose company was a joy to be in”.
City Councillor Chris O'Leary said he was shocked to hear the news of Jim's passing.
“Jim was a very genuine, sincere and decent professional. We became good friends over the years and will sadly miss him.”