Buckley, Jeremiah (1862–1937), newspaper proprietor, accountant, and nationalist, was born 16 November 1862 in Millstreet, Co. Cork, the second son of John Buckley, gentleman, and Ellen Buckley (née Mullane), Millstreet, Co. Cork. He entered King's Inns (1890) and was called to the bar in 1893. Having dealt with only a few cases he went on to become a chartered accountant, as a junior at Kean and Co., Dame St., Dublin. He bought this company on Kean's death, retaining its working name. Around 1900 he also obtained ownership of the Limerick Leader, which had been founded in 1889 as a pro-nationalist journal, and run into financial difficulties. He revitalised the paper, securing its finances and maintaining its pro-nationalist stance. In 1902 he was jailed for one month because of a Leader editorial in which he denounced those who occupied the land of evicted tenants. The paper was again in trouble in 1919 when it was suppressed by the authorities for supplying information on the national loan organised by the first dáil.
Buckley became an advisor and close friend of Éamon de Valera (qv) and was heavily involved in the foundation and development of the Irish Press. His accountancy firm were the auditors of the Irish Press, and his legal, financial, and journalistic knowledge was indispensable to the paper during its formative years, a contribution acknowledged by de Valera on Buckley's death.
Buckley died 15 September 1937 in a private nursing home in Dublin. He was married to Mary Duggan, of Millstreet, Co. Cork. They lived at 11 Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, and had two sons and a daughter.