Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Marine Journalist and Sailor Arthur Reynolds Passes Peacefully

7th March 2023
Arthur Reynolds pictured at The Skipper Expo in Galway in 2014
Arthur Reynolds pictured at The Skipper Expo in Galway in 2014

Marine journalist and sailor Arthur Reynolds has passed away peacefully in Blackrock, Co Dublin, in his 94th year.

Reynolds, founding Editor/Publisher of The Irish Skipper and publisher in the mid-1970s of Ireland Afloat, was a lifetime sub-editor and a former night editor in The Irish Times. Before pursuing journalism, he studied art in Paris and spent his early journalistic years in London before working for The Irish Press and The Irish Times.

He was a keen sailor and traveller, a long-time advocate of the fishing industry and Ireland's marine potential, and an early Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club member. He often cited the late maritime historian Dr John de Courcy Ireland as being a major influence on his life. When he was in his eighties, he and his late wife Borghild undertook several sea passages on the Norwegian sail training ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

As his death notice states, Arthur will be remembered for his wit, wisdom, love of the sea, his mastery of the newspaper headline, and for the epitaph, he refashioned: "Pass on by, Death horseman, Cast a life, On cold eye".

He is survived by his son Fintan, stepdaughter Anne and extended family and friends. A full obituary will appear later. His funeral details are here

Published in News Update, Fishing Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button