Larry Gogan funeral to take place in Dublin on Friday

Former RTÉ radio presenter died at care centre on Tuesday following recent illness

A book of condolence has been opened for 2FM DJ Larry Gogan at RTÉ Radio Studios, Montrose, in Dublin 4. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A book of condolence has been opened for 2FM DJ Larry Gogan at RTÉ Radio Studios, Montrose, in Dublin 4. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

 

The funeral of broadcaster Larry Gogan is to take place on Friday morning in south Dublin.

Gogan died peacefully on Tuesday morning, following a recent illness, at a care centre in Bohernabreena surrounded by his family.

His removal will take place at the Church of St Pius X in Terenure at 5.30pm on Thursday followed by funeral Mass on Friday at 11.30am.

Gogan’s family said they would like to extend their gratitude to Blackrock Clinic, Beacon Renal and the staff at Kiltipper Woods Care Centre “for the wonderful care that he received during his final illness”.

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Gogan worked in broadcasting for almost six decades and was best known for his work on RTÉ 2FM, where he worked as a DJ for 40 years before moving to RTÉ Gold last year. He was predeceased by his wife, Florrie, and is survived his five children, Gerard, Orla, Gráinne, David and Sinéad, and 12 grandchildren.

A book of condolences has been opened at the RTÉ Radio centre at Montrose in Dublin.

‘Indelible impact’

President Michael D Higgins led tributes to the broadcaster on Tuesday, saying he had “an indelible impact” on Irish music.

“Blessed with one of the warmest voices in Irish broadcasting, Larry Gogan not only defined RTÉ’s coverage of music, but also shaped the mould for many generations of DJs,” Mr Higgins said.

The President said the Just A Minute quiz, which was renowned for some of the incorrect answers suggested, will “live in the minds of Irish people everywhere”.

Dee Forbes, RTÉ director general, described Larry Gogan as “a legend and a genuine national institution”.

Born in Fairview, north Dublin, Gogan presented The Golden Hour until 2014 and also commentated frequently on the Eurovision song contest.