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Arthur Quinlan

Arthur Quinlan
Native name Ardúr Ó Cúinnlóin
Born (1921-01-15)15 January 1921
Died 22 December 2012(2012-12-22) (aged 91)
Other names Mr. Limerick
Uncle Arthur
Education B. A. English literature and history
Alma mater University College Dublin (UCD)
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1945–2000
Employer The Irish Times
Spouse(s) Vera Quinlan
Children 3

Arthur Quinlan (15 January 1921 – 22 December 2012)[1] was an Irish [2][3] raconteur and print journalist with The Irish Times. Known for his interviews with politicians, royalty and film stars in a career spanning more than 50 years, he was widely regarded as a very important figure in his field, and was both the first Irishman to get a jet across the Atlantic Ocean to New York in 1958 and the only western journalist to have interviewed Che Guevara.[2] Considered a "master of executing international scoops", his work was sent across the world.[3]


  • Early life 1
  • Journalism 2
  • Awards and honours 3
  • Death 4
  • References 5

Early life

Quinlan came from Dublin but was raised in Quin, County Clare.[4] He attended University College Dublin (UCD), where he studied English literature and history and edited two student publications.[2][4]


Quinlan began working with The Irish Times in 1945.[4] He was formerly based at Soviet leaders, including Andrey Vyshinsky and Andrei Gromyko.

He once said,

"I interviewed many royals including the Duke Of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, King Michael of Romania and his mother, Queen Maria, King Peter of Yugoslavia, King Zog of Albania, King Ibn Saud, founder of Saudi Arabia, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Juliana of Holland and that lovely couple Prince Rainier and his wife, the former Grace Kelly."[2]

When Captain Charles Lindbergh's son was kidnapped Quinlan interviewed him. A 4 am interview with

  1. ^ a b McNally, Frank (29 December 2012). "Journalist known for interviews with royalty and leaders". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sheridan, Anne (23 December 2012). "Tributes paid to legendary reporter Arthur Quinlan". Limerick Leader. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Woulfe, Jimmy (24 December 2012). "Legendary journalist Arthur Quinlan dies, 92". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Journalist Arthur Quinlan dies aged 92". RTÉ News. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Quinlan, Arthur – Interview with Che Guevara Lynch". 13 March 1965. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "The night Che Guevara came to Limerick". The Scotsman. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Carey, Andrew (23 December 2012). "Arthur Quinlan dies aged 92". Limerick Post. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Hayes, Kathryn (24 December 2012). "Interviewer of famous world figures Arthur Quinlan dies at 92". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Journalist Arthur Quinlan dies aged 92". The Irish Times. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  10. ^ O'Carroll, Sinead (23 December 2012). "Journalist Arthur Quinlan dies, aged 92". The Journal. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 


Quinlan died in Limerick in December 2012.[9] He would have been 93 the following January.[2] A son and two daughters survived him.[10] His wife, Vera, died shortly before him.[2] Among those regarding him with fondness were Fergal Keane of the BBC.[2]


Quinlan was a "member of honour" of the National Union of Journalists.[1] He was recognised in media circles as "Mr. Limerick"[4][7] and "Uncle Arthur".[8] In 1982, he successfully proposed that women be allowed join Shannon Rowing Club, from which they had been banned.[2] The club's main slipway is also named "Arthur" in his honour.[3]

Awards and honours

In his 80s, he retired, declaring he had 'handed in his gun to The Irish Times'.[2]

Quinlan taught Fidel Castro how to make an Irish coffee and was the only western journalist to have interviewed Che Guevara.[5] Guevara talked of his Irish connections through the name Lynch. He told Quinlan of his grandmother's Irish roots in Galway. Later, Che, and some of his Cuban comrades, went to Limerick and adjourned to Hanratty's Hotel on Glentworth Street. According to Quinlan, they returned that evening all wearing sprigs of shamrock, for Shannon and Limerick were preparing for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations.[6]


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