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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 13, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    Journalist and Historical Figure

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s an old cliché that journalism is the first draft of history. Sometimes the journalists try to make history as well as record it. So it was with Seán Cronin, former Washington Correspondent of this newspaper, who has died at the age of 91 years.

    For the obituary we carried in yesteday’s paper, click here. I should point out that Seán’s career in the IRA was over when he started work with The Irish Times.

    It was as a journalist, therefore, that I knew him  and a very fine one he was too. Meticulous accuracy and deep insight were his hallmarks. His dispatches from the US over the years contributed immensely to the high standards that characterise our foreign coverage.

    He was also, by all accounts, a formidable figure in his time as a republican activist. The IRA campaign of 1956-62 was a Quixotic affair but at least it was not marred by the atrocities that occurred in more recent times.

    Seán was an amiable and friendly colleague and we had many a good conversation about US, Irish and Irish-American politics. He had that increasingly-rare thing in a journalist: a mind of his own. Is fada a bheas cuimhneamh air.

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