John Coughlan R.I.P.

John Coughlan R.I.P.

It is with sadness that Irish Travel Trade News reports the death, on Saturday 2nd February 2013, of well-known travel journalist John Coughlan, at the age of 69.

John Coughlan R.I.P.

John Coughlan R.I.P.

In his early years John was publisher and editor of the Irish music industry’s Spotlight magazine and, since 1983, of the Holiday magazine. He had also been the travel correspondent for the Sunday Independent and, later, the Sunday Tribune.

He is survived by his wife Margaret and family of two sons and a daughter, and by his brother Barry, a journalist with The Examiner.

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  1. Peter Barron

    February 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    It is with sadness that I heard of the passing of one of life’s gentlemen, John Coughlan. He always called into the offices unannounced in London to sell me, and a great many others as well I know, advertising space! Anyone else would have been told their fortune (!), but it was always impossible not to make time for John. This was down to these visits always being peppered with stories about new destinations that he had been to and observations about the industry that we all work in. In fact I was wondering the other day why he hadn’t been in and now sadly that is explained. May he rest in peace.
    Peter Barron, Korean Air.

  2. Marisa Mackle

    February 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Very sad to hear this. I met John on a press trip to Turkey a few years ago. Great guy with a warm, wonderful personality. RIP, John.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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