Jonathan Philbin Bowman

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Jonathan Philbin Bowman (6 January 1969 – 3 March 2000) was an Irish journalist and radio broadcaster.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Dublin in 1969,[1] Jonathan Philbin Bowman, the son of the historian and broadcaster John Bowman, was educated at Sandford Park School and at Newpark Comprehensive School.[1] He chose to leave formal education in his early teens,[2] a decision he announced on The Late Late Show.[3]

He mostly worked as a freelance journalist.[4] He co-presented a radio show The Rude Awakening[3] on Dublin's FM104 with Scott Williams, George Hellis and Margaret Callanan for two years between 1993 and 1994 before joining the Sunday Independent newspaper as a columnist. He later presented television programmes on RTÉ, such as the quiz show Dodge the Question.[5]

Bowman died in a fall at his home on Fitzgerald Street in Harold's Cross, Dublin, on 3 March 2000.[4][6] Tributes were paid to him by party political leaders. He was survived by his parents, his sister Emma, his brothers Abie and Daniel and his only son Saul Philbin Bowman (Saul Mehigan).[4][7]


  1. ^ a b "Journalist who was `daring and principled'" Irish Times, 11 March 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2024
  2. ^ "Jonathan Philbin Bowman[dead link] Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine". The Examiner, 16 March 2000. Retrieved on 30 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b Cunningham, Grainne. "Journalist and TV presenter Philbin Bowman dies. Irish Independent, 7 March 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2024
  4. ^ a b c Jonathan Philbin Bowman". RTÉ, 6 March 2000. Retrieved on 30 April 2008.
  5. ^ O'Morain, Padraig; Oliver, Emmet. "Jonathan Philbin Bowman found dead at his home". Irish Times, 7 March 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2024
  6. ^ Anderson, Nicola (2 September 2000). "Jonathan's lonely, tragic death". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  7. ^ Holmquist, Kathryn (13 April 2002). "Life after grief". Irish Times.