John Keane was born in Listowel, the son of author and playwright John B. Keane. He spent some time working for Kerry County Council and for Kerry’s Eye newspaper. He moved to Kilkenny and has spent 20 years there working with the Kilkenny People. In this interview John talks about the history of the Kilkenny People newspaper. The importance of impartiality in dealing with different political groupings in the reporting of news was emphasised, as was his support for the Kilkenny farmers. His admiration for his predecessor as editor, John Kerry Caine, is clearly evident in this interview.
Keywords: regional newspaper, author, playwright, John B. Keane, Kilkenny People newspaper, subeditor, journalist