Mr. Thomas H. Gillespie, father of the Gillespie brothers, Tommy. Dick, Alfie and Bernie, took over the editorship of the Connaught Telegraph in 1899.
Though just 25-years old at the time, he was a man of the wold, having spent several years prior to that in Chicago, having travelled there while just a schoolboy, on the request of his brothers, who were then occupying prominent positions in Windy City.
He returned to Castlebar in 1898 to represent the Chicago National Society at the '98 Centenary celebrations.
His brother, the late R.A. Gillespie, who was then in charge of the Connaught Telegraph, induced him to remain and he did so.