Ireland has lost yet another icon of broadcasting with the sad news this morning that Larry Gogan has passed away. Often described as the man with the golden voice, the RTÉ presenter has entertained the country for the last five decades.

Part of the original line-up for Radio 2 in 1979, Larry began with RTÉ Radio in the 1960s, latterly presenting for RTÉ Gold. His warm voice was known to listeners across the nation and his 'Just a Minute Quiz' and the Golden Hour became national institutions.

Tributes have been pouring in for Gogan, 81, with everyone who knew him describing him as an incredibly lovely man to be around.

Speaking on his radio show this morning, Ryan Tubridy said, "Strange days, strange days indeed. I was coming in to present one show and by 7.30 that all changed because of the news that our friend - and I mean that, he was a friend of ours and he was a colleague - Larry Gogan has died. There's no getting around it because it's particularly poignant because of Marian's passing last week and indeed Gay's not so long before him. There is that sense that this trinity of talent that has dominated the Irish airwaves have all left us now and we are very, very sad today about Larry."

Ronan Collins, who had worked with Larry for decades at RTÉ, described him as "my pal".

"In the last few weeks, with Gay going and with Marian...extraordinary colleagues, extraordinary broadcasters...they were great broadcasting colleagues and indeed great mentors, but Larry was my friend," he said.

Dave Fanning added: "So much has been said already and Ronan put it so much into context, it's astonishing, he was the Daddy of it all...the best one, the nicest guy you would ever meet and all it was about for six decades was pop music. Everybody loved Larry Gogan and for a very good reason, he was one of the nicest guys you could meet in your entire life."

Others have been taking to Twitter to pay tribute to and share their memories of this broadcasting legend.