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Samuel Delmege Trimble (1857 - 1947):
Journalist; newspaper editor and proprietor

Samuel Delmege Trimble was a member of the Trimble family of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, famous for their generations-long proprietorship of the distinguished newspaper The Impartial Reporter. Trimble spent his career in newspapers with successful publications in neighbouring Ulster counties. 

He was born in Enniskillen, the third son from the second marriage of William Trimble, and like his siblings attended Portora Royal School in the town before becoming apprenticed in printing houses, first his father’s, then with Saunders in Dublin. He apparently had ambitions within the Reporter, as the paper was and is commonly known, but William Copeland Trimble, his elder half-brother, was not one to share any limelight, so Samuel set up his own publication, the Donegal Independent of Ballyshannon in that county, and later moved to the city of Armagh in 1893 on his purchase of the Armagh Guardian (one of whose earlier printing presses is preserved in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum near Belfast). Samuel Delmege Trimble was relatively conservative and unionist; he engaged in fund-raising for the benefit of troops, not least prisoners of war, during the Boer War (1899 – 1902) as well as the two World Wars. 

He retired in 1934, and died at his home in Armagh. The Armagh Guardian was published up until 1982; the Donegal Independent had survived until 1921.

Born: 9 September 1857
Died: 1 April 1947
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Hugh Oram: The Newspaper Book: A History of Newspapers in Ireland 1649-1983; Dictionary of Irish Biography; Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette, April 1st, 1920, p. 994