Goodbye Peter


peterPeter Carvosso

“…My next instalment will be about how you cope when you hear your life will be much shorter than you’d expected. All with the help of the fantastic staff here and my family.

The problem is that I can type with only one finger. But I’m hoping to be able to raise the finger to [Motor Nueron Disease] for a while longer.

For the moment I’m happy that I can still move my arms enough to put them around my wife, squeeze her and pretend for a few moments that nothing is wrong.”

Peter Carvosso writing in last week’s Irish Times about life with motor neuron disease.

Peter, an editor with the Irish Independent, has passed away.

Peter Carvosso Tribute (

Journalism mourns death of ‘fantastic mentor’ Peter Carvosso (

My Health Experience: ‘I can still move my arms enough to put them round my wife’ (Peter Carvosso, Irish Times)

Thanks Skeptikal O’Hare

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15 thoughts on “Goodbye Peter

  1. Soundings

    “Independent Newspapers unreservedly apologise to Ms O ‘Doherty for the stress and hardship caused to her and her husband as a result of its actions.”
    Extract from the INM apology to Gemma O’Doherty last month when it settled the unfair dismissal matter with her. Total p***ks.

    1. Buzz

      I would say dealing with Stephen Rae was incredibly stressful for Peter Carvossa and his wife Gemma. What use is an apology now.

    1. Pat Stacey

      Let me tell you something, Clampers, you haven’t got a clue what the hell you’re talking about. You don’t know Ian; I do. He’s an old friend and a work colleague. What you know is the image. You never knew Peter Carvosso — also an old friend and my and Ian’s immediate boss for many years. If he were around today, he’d tell you exactly what I’m telling you. So engage your brain before you let your mouth out to play.

  2. Lilly

    Sad news, condolences to his family. Had a great rep as an editor, always gave freelancers pitching stories the courtesy of a reply.

  3. Smiley Bolger

    Very, very sad news. I thought his piece in the Irish Times last week was fantastic – honest and moving and funny. Never met him but only heard good things about him. Condolences to his wife, son, family and friends.

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