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Radio Legend Larry Gogan Dies Aged 81

Radio Legend Larry Gogan Dies Aged 81

With the nation still reeling from the sudden death of Marian Finucane just last Thursday, and just weeks after the passing of Gay Byrne, Ireland has lost another broadcasting legend this morning. RTE have announced the death of Larry Gogan, who broadcast on 2FM since its inception in 1979 and had been a part RTE radio for well over 50 years.

Most well known for his "Just a Minute Quiz" and for Larry's Golden Hour, as well as the Top 30 countdown, Larry transcended generations right up until he broadcast his final show on 2FM in January last year, and was universally seen as one of Ireland's most popular radio personalities.

In 1979, he played the first song on the then Radio 2, a Boomtown Rats song called Like Clockwork.

When recovering from heart surgery in 2002, Gogan lost his wife Florrie to breast cancer, something he has spoken about eloquently and emotionally over the years. He is survived by his five children and 12 grandchildren.

It's more shocking news for the Irish public following on from the deaths of Marian Finucane and Gay Byrne in such recent days and weeks.

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As you would expect, the tributes have been pouring in since the news broke this morning.

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Michael McCarthy

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