Legendary radio DJ and broadcaster Larry Gogan has died at the age of 81.
An integral voice in RTE radio for over 50 years, Gogan was part of the original Radio 2 line-up in 1979 having begun with RTE in the 1960s.
Born in Fairview, north Dublin, Gogan presented The Golden Hour on 2FM until 2014 and most-recently presented for RTE Gold.
Director General for RTE, 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 – Larry didn’t just preserve these traditions, he created them.
“He returns now to his beloved Florrie – we are the poorer for his loss, but the richer for having known this gentleman of the airwaves.”
Joe Duffy, RTE broadcaster and a friend of Gogan had visited him only 10 days ago and said that he was in “his usual great form with his beautiful”.
“His beautiful honeyed voice, the quick wit and deep intelligence shone through,” said Duffy in an online statement.
RTE presenter Marty Whelan also described Gogan as a “wonderful man. A dear friend”.
Dan Healy, Head of RTE 2FM, where Gogan spent the majority of his broadcasting career said that “Larry was a huge part of the foundation on which 2FM was built – he was arguably, the greatest music DJ in Irish broadcasting history; that gorgeous voice; that genius with a link; that love for the music.
“Larry won all the major radio awards in Ireland but over and above them all he had the one that mattered most: universal popularity. Everyone loved Larry, and we’ll all miss him deeply.”
Gogan was predeceased by his wife Florrie and is survived by his five children Gerard, Orla, Grainna, David and Sinead and 12 grandchildren.