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.
— Marty Whelan (@martylyricfm) January 7, 2020
Larry Gogan RIP From ‘Just A MinuteQuiz” to the Golden Hour Larry was the soundtrack of our lives from the 1960s-2020s.I visited him ten days ago , he was in his usual great form with his loving family,his beautiful honeyed voice,the quick wit and deep intelligence shone through
— JOE DUFFY (@joeliveline) January 7, 2020
Honestly, you couldn’t exaggerate what a lovely fella Larry Gogan was - a wonderful work colleague & a great family man. It’s beautiful to see so much love being expressed for such a kind, humble man. RIPLarry pic.twitter.com/LGACRki0wc
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) January 7, 2020
https://t.co/YGZIdXPOm0 Hard to believe we have lost another legend of the trade. #LarryGogan, always a gentleman and a gentle man. Reunited with his beloved Florrie (A loyal partnership from 15 years of age). My sincere condolences to all of Larry's family. #Larry R.I.P.
— john creedon (@johncreedon) January 7, 2020
up until recently the longest serving @RTE2fm presenters were Larry Gogan Dave Fanning and myself. I was in lauded company. Larry was my friend Ta Bron orm Ill raise a glass to him today #larrygogan the true legend and a music dj is gone RIP pic.twitter.com/SKitvGdXls
— john kenny (@JohnKennyMedia) January 7, 2020
“They didn’t suit you” #RIPLarry the kindest man.
— Lilian Smith (@Lillylatelee) January 7, 2020
— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) January 7, 2020
So sad to hear another icon of Irish radio has passed. I never missed the chart show as a kid and was fortunate to have Larry launch the first D’Unbelievables VHS Video when I sort of grew up. He was a gentleman and his voice will be missed. https://t.co/RRPuXxPvW7
— Pat Shortt (@Pat_Shortt) January 7, 2020
Larry Gogan was and will always be the finest music presenter this country has ever produced. His elegance and genuine passion for pop tunes on the air was matched by his decency and kindness off it.
Every hour was 'the golden hour' when Larry took the mic.
RIP The Greatest. pic.twitter.com/wPtLG8giPB
— 📻 Ed's Myth 📻 (@EdTodayFM) January 7, 2020
Larry Gogan has died.
I'm welling up as I type this.
He was many things to me in the 19 years I worked with and knew him.
When I arrived in @RTE2fm first in 2001 he was one of the first welcoming and encouraging faces to the new lad just in the door.
And that never stopped. pic.twitter.com/OL9YVzEaI9
— Rick O'Shea (@rickoshea) January 7, 2020
So sorry to hear about the brilliant Larry Gogan. Loved him. RIP pic.twitter.com/199AQPMLso
— Jim Nugent (@JimJimNugent) January 7, 2020
I’m genuinely Shocked! This gentleman was the very reason so many of us got into radio. His professionalism, sharp wit and tight style was a standard only achieved with diligence and great personality R.I.P. Larry #larrygogan https://t.co/QMebWCOyTI
— Fergal D'Arcy (@FERGDARCY) January 7, 2020
More than any other, Larry Gogan was the radio voice of my childhood. He introduced me to music and I spent many, many hours, fingers poised on the tape deck, waiting for him to play the songs I liked. i met him several times and he was as lovely in real life as he was on radio.
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) January 7, 2020
— Dustin The Turkey (@DustinOfficial) January 7, 2020
Going to wear this today in equal amounts of pride and sadness to honour our wonderful friend Larry Gogan. A phenomenal Radio DJ, a National Treasure and a lovely, decent mischievous human being ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zVMIGWjOfF
— Ciara King (@iamCiaraKing) January 7, 2020
We've lost a true radio legend in Larry Gogan: a sincere and lovely person and an authentic and genuine presenter. Playing music and a having a bit of fun with his callers: he made it seem completely effortless and simple, which makes you realise what a rarity Larry was. RIP. pic.twitter.com/ePukTEijRT
— Joe Donnelly (@kildarejoe) January 7, 2020
This is how entrenched in our culture Larry was.
The Dog in The Snapper was called Larry Gogan. pic.twitter.com/MuHw2N5Z8g
— Mango (@MangoDassle) January 7, 2020
I am so so sad to hear about Larry Gogan. He was such a gentleman and true professiional, giving everyone his time. He will be really missed. #RIPLarryGogan Xxxx
— Lucy Kennedy (@KennedyLucy) January 7, 2020
— Ken Doherty Official (@kendoherty1997) January 7, 2020
— The Coronas (@TheCoronas) January 7, 2020
Here’s Larry’s very first and last link on 2FM. 40 years apart.
You were the greatest to ever do it.
The King of Radio, Larry Gogan x pic.twitter.com/oGVdJpN1s2
— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) January 7, 2020