Ex-RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn dies aged 87

Figure became household name through anchoring RTÉ’s evening news programmes

Don Cockburn: Became a household name through anchoring RTÉ’s main evening programming over many years, and retired in 1992. File photograph: RTÉ

Don Cockburn: Became a household name through anchoring RTÉ’s main evening programming over many years, and retired in 1992. File photograph: RTÉ

 

Former RTÉ newsreader and journalist Don Cockburn has died aged 87 in hospital in Dublin following a short illness.

Mr Cockburn joined RTÉ as a part-time Raidió Éireann announcer in 1958 before becoming a full-time employee in 1972.

He became a household name through anchoring RTÉ’s main evening news programming over many years, and retired in 1992.

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Mr Cockburn is survived by his children Evelyn and John and his grandchildren. His wife Marie had died previously.

Managing director of RTÉ News Jon Williams paid tribute to the late broadcaster on Twitter.

“Sad to learn of #DonCockburn’s passing: one of #RTÉ’s finest over many years. Our thoughts with his friends & family,” he said.

His body will be reposing at his home on Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm.

His funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 10am in the Church of St Thérèse, Mt Merrion, followed by burial at Deansgrange Cemetery.