Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Last Post & Chorus

Following the recent and sad death of a friend and a gentleman Johnny Lyons, it put me to quickly remember some of those in the world of broadcasting we have so far lost this year and it seems to be such a sad year and a loss to our broadcasting family.

Johnny Lyons (August 2015)
A gentleman on and off the air, Johnny was a well known voice and authority on sports broadcasting on 98FM and more recently the Premiership broadcasts on Today FM

Liam O'Murichu (June 2015)
Cork born Liam joined RTE in 1964 as editor of Irish language programming. He is best remembered as the host of the bilingual 'Trom Agus Eadrom' and the pre All Ireland shows 'Up for The Match'.

Diamuid Mac An Adhaister (July 2015)
Diarmuid was a familiar face on TG4 and starred as Seamus on that Irish channel's soap opera 'Ros na Run' since its launch in 1992. He can be seen on Youtube in the episode starring Stephen Fry some years ago.

Derek Davis (May 2015)
Larger than life Derek passed away after a short illness. He began his career with American network ABC before moving to the BBC and then onto RTE. He famously presented 'Live at Three' for many years with Thelma Mansfield and twice as host of The Rose of Tralee. In latter years he presented a number of programmes about fishing around Ireland.

Bill O'Herlihy (May 2015)
Bill will be best remembered as the 'referee' on RTE's soccer panel with messers Dunphy, Giles and Brady. Bill began his career with RTE Cork before moving to the newsroom in Montrose and eventually into the sports department where he presented everything from soccer to the Olympics.

Tony Fenton (March 2015)
Tony succumbed to a long battle with illness earlier this year. Antony Fagan as he was born began his radio DJing career with Dublin's pirate radio stations including Sunshine Radio and Radio Nova. He left the pirates and joined 2FM but left the state broadcaster and joined the national commercial station Today FM in 2003 to present the very popular afternoon slot.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan (July 2015)
Although Peter is forever associated with horse racing broadcasts in the UK and especially the Grand National Meeting on BBC and more recently Channel 4, Peter was born in Kenmare, County Kerry.

To all their families and friends we offer our condolences but remember that they have all left us a legacy for future generations.   

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