Get There First: A Reporter’s Life


by Paul Murphy


About the Book

At various stages over half a century Paul worked as a reporter with the DI, freelanced with the Irish Press Group, RTE, The Irish Times, the Daily Mirror, the Drogheda Leader, was on the staff of the Irish Independent/Evening Herald/Sunday Independent for 19 years as a news reporter (and also Industrial Correspondent), was editor of the Drogheda Independent for 16 years, and now freelances with the Meath Chronicle newspaper.

The book – entitled Get There First: A Reporter’s Life – follows the trajectory of his career from the “hot metal” days of a provincial newspaper, where his “beat” included the “meat and drink” of the local reporter – writing about births, deaths and marriages and everything in between – then moving to a national paper covering the four counties of Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.