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Listeners "Heartbroken" As Ronan Collins Announces His Show Is To End

Listeners "Heartbroken" As Ronan Collins Announces His Show Is To End
By Rory Cassidy Updated
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Ronan Collins has announced he will present his self titled RTÉ Radio One show for the final time in just two weeks time.

The veteran broadcaster's show will end on Friday December 23rd however he will still present occasionally on Bank Holidays.

Collins who turned seventy in October, has spent the last thirty-seven years with Radio One and has been hosting his programme between 12pm and 1pm for several years.

Prior to that he worked on Radio 2, now 2fm, for six years.

Collins is well-known for playing requests on his show for listeners with "roundy birthdays". He has built himself a loyal listernship throughout the decades.

Collins announced the news to over 200,000 of his listeners at the beginning of today's programme.

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“I’ve been working on afternoon radio on RTÉ Radio 1 for nearly 38 years, plus six years before that on Radio 2, and nobody will ever know how grateful I have been for all the opportunities over the past 40 years and going forward with RTÉ," he said.

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"I often ask myself ‘how much longer can I continue to do this?,' and the answer always is ‘just keep going.’ New challenges await now on RTÉ in 2023, and I will continue to be on RTÉ Radio 1 with The Collins Collection on Bank Holidays.”

Listeners pay tribute to Ronan Collins

Listeners expressed their shock upon hearing the news. Some described themselves as "heartbroken" said that he would be "missed".

"Ronan Collins is a legend on Irish radio," Head of RTÉ Radio One, Peter Woods,said.

"He has fronted the biggest music programme in the country and leaves it at the top of his game."

Before entering broadcasting Collins was a showband drummer for Dickie Rock.

He has been married to his wife Woody for forty-four years. The couple have three children; Jessica, Damien and Lisa together.

RTÉ has yet to announce a replacement for Collins.

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