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Country mourns iconic broadcasters

Thursday, 9th January, 2020 9:06am

Arrangements have been announced for the funeral of RTÉ 2FM DJ Larry Gogan which will take place on Friday morning.

Gogan, who was aged 85, died on Tuesday less than a week after the death of Marian Finucane. In careers spanning decades, both were staples of Irish culture, shaping modern radio, and the careers of those that followed in their footsteps.

Gogan's funeral will take place tomorrow morning, Friday, at 11.30am at the Church of St Pius X in Templeogue, followed by a private burial.

Gogan worked in radio broadcasting for almost 60 years. Born in Fairview, in north Dublin, he spent most of his career as a host on RTÉ 2FM and was loved and best known for his impact on music in Ireland, as well as the Just a Minute Quiz, a popular segment on his show.

In a statement, President Michael D Higgins said: “For six decades, Larry Gogan made an indelible impact on Irish music, having promoted both up-and-coming and more established Irish musicians and sharing his infectious enthusiasm and passion for pop and rock music of all kinds.”

Director General of RTÉ Dee Forbes said: “Larry Gogan was a legend and a genuine national institution. He transcended generations – whether it was a hilarious moment on the Just a Minute Quiz, the breakneck countdown of the weekly top 40, or the first play of a Christmas song. We will miss you Larry.”

His wife Florrie died in 2002. He is survived by their five children and twelve grandchildren.

News of his death came the same day as the funeral for colleague and radio icon Marian Finucane. The 69 year old's funeral took place on Tuesday in Saint Brigid’s Church, in Kill.

She had previously taken over the morning slot on RTÉ Radio 1 after the retirement of Gay Byrne, who passed away in November last year.

Speaking at the funeral, Marian’s husband, John Clarke said: “My Marian, a woman who I’ve loved for 40 years. A woman who always made the colours brighter, the world a bit easier to live in.”

Just months shy of her 70th birthday, John revealed she had planned to retire from broadcasting in the coming months. “We would have had more time, more space, more books to read, more places to see,” he continued.

“I find myself so powerless at the moment. I truly don’t know what to do.”

Speaking at the funeral, her son Jack said: “The woman I knew behind all these selves was a shy lady who was as happy to read a book in silence as she was sitting around the dinner table in the small hours of the morning with friends laughing, joking, singing - when she could remember the words, debating the politics of the day, and sorting out the world’s problems one dinner party at a time.”

Among the crowds paying their respects were RTÉ colleagues Ryan Tubridy, Clare Byrne, Miriam O’Callaghan and Director General, Dee Forbes. Also present were Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, aide-de-camp Commandant Dorothy Donnelly, and Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin.

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