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Dick Fitzgerald – ‘the Governor of Pentonville’ – dies aged 77

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A POPULAR outreach worker, who will feature prominently in a forthcoming RTE Radio documentary about the Irish in London, has passed away peacefully in his home in Hammersmith.

Dick Fitzgerald, 77, from Limerick, conducted interviews in recent weeks for the two-part radio documentary entitled Over There and is scheduled to appear in the first episode – The Green Line on May 4.

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Dick was known affectionately as the Governor, having spent years in incarceration in London’s Pentonville Prison, before winning his battle with alcoholism.

Mr Fitzgerald had worked with homeless and addiction support services through organisations like Cricklewood Homeless Concern (CHC) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

In 2010, he was recognised by the Minister of State for his outreach work.

He was interviewed by The Irish Post at Pentonville Prison just weeks before his death.

Read more on his extraordinary story here – the Governor of Pentonville.



Robert Mulhern

Robert is a freelance news and sports journalist. He is also the author of A Very Different County and creator/producer of Sex, Flights and Videotapes for RTE's Doc on One. Follow him @MulhernRobert on Twitter

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One comment on “Dick Fitzgerald – ‘the Governor of Pentonville’ – dies aged 77”

  1. finbarr finnegan

    finbarr finnegan and hugh murphy here in cork thinking of our late great friend dick, we were so honoured to know and learn a lot about life from him. we hope we can add to peoples lives as dick did, he was funny and could laugh at himself,he gave us so much will not be forgotten dear friend.


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