Following the news of his death aged 85, tributes from the world of entertainment and media have poured in for the late broadcaster Larry Gogan.
In a statement, President Michael D. Higgins said Gogan "made an indelible impact on Irish music having promoted both up-and-coming and more established Irish musicians and sharing his infectious enthusiasm and passion for pop and rock music of all kinds."
He continued: "Blessed with one of the warmest voices in Irish broadcasting, Larry Gogan not only defined RTÉ's coverage of music, but also shaped the mould for many generations of DJs.
"His 'Just A Minute’ quiz will continue to live in the minds of Irish people everywhere.
"It was a great privilege to have had opportunities to meet him and discuss our shared love of music.
"Sabina and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."
"Blessed with one of the warmest voices in Irish broadcasting, Larry Gogan not only defined RTÉ's coverage of music, but also shaped the mould for many generations of DJs."— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) January 7, 2020
Statement by President Higgins on the death of Larry Gogan:https://t.co/qi7spC8zKV
RTÉ presenter Marty Whelan tweeted that Gogan was "a dear friend" and "a wonderful man".
"May he rest in peace," he added.
Liveline presenter Joe Duffy paid tribute to Gogan, saying he 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," he wrote on Twitter.
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
RTÉ presenter Marty Morrissey remembered Gogan as "a brilliant broadcaster who was so kind when the 'Just a Minute' Quiz questions were difficult."
So sad to hear about Larry Gogan What a Legend ...What a Gent..What a Voice ! A brilliant broadcaster who was so kind when the "Just a Minute" Quiz questions were difficult."They were a bit hard for you there today". Loved listening to Larry on the Radio. RIP @RTERadio1 @RTE2fm— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) January 7, 2020
2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott said: "Rest In Peace Larry Gogan. You were a legend and you were loved."
Rest In Peace Larry Gogan. You were a legend and you were loved x pic.twitter.com/7nq6HyyrR4— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) January 7, 2020
RTÉ News anchor Caitriona Perry tweeted: "Sad to hear this morning that the great @RTÉ DJ Larry Gogan has died. Another voice of Ireland over so many decades has passed away. RIP."
Sad to hear this morning that the great @RTÉ DJ Larry Gogan has died. Another voice of Ireland over so many decades has passed away. RIP https://t.co/eoZUINJ4Ru— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) January 7, 2020
Sports broadcaster Des Cahill remembered Gogan as a "lovely fella", a "wonderful work colleague" and a "great family man".
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
2fm presenter Stephen Byrne said he was "heartbroken" to hear of Gogan's passing, and said the late broadcaster "made everyone feel welcome and important".
Heartbroken.— Stephen Byrne (@stephenbyrne) January 7, 2020
It never felt real saying, 'Next Up Is The Legend Larry Gogan'. I had to pinch myself all the time. He made everyone feel welcome and important. Can't stress how incredibly kind he was. An icon. His passion for being on air was unrivalled and infectious. ❤️ https://t.co/rEsgxnp2Lu
RTÉ presenter Carl Mullan shared a touching anecdote about the late broadcaster on Twitter.
Ireland has lost a truly wonderful broadcaster, but even more so a truly lovely person. For what it's worth, this is a small story about my first week in @RTE2fm that will tell you everything you need to know about the kind of man Larry was. pic.twitter.com/Y447f6RbYg— Carl Mullan (@CarlMullan) January 7, 2020
TV presenter Sile Seoige said she was "so sad" to hear of Gogan's passing and said she has "such fond memories of working with him."
Ah no. I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Larry Gogan.— Síle Seoige (@SileSeoige) January 7, 2020
I have such fond memories of working with him on 'Seoige' with my sis @grainne_seoige
They say the better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to big yourself up.
This was true about #LarryGogan
A true star.
Actor Simon Delaney said it was a "sad day for broadcasting."
Presenter Fergal D'Arcy said Gogan 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," he wrote.
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
TV presenter Lucy Kennedy described Gogan as "such a gentleman and true professional".
"He will be really missed," she added.
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
Irish Times journalist Conor Pope wrote: "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."
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
Here are some more of the many tributes to Larry Gogan.
We are all so deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague, the inimitable Larry Gogan. Such lovely tributes coming in for a gentleman who will never be forgotten. #RIPLarry pic.twitter.com/P2yQKL1bZt— Ryan Tubridy Show (@RyanTubridyShow) January 7, 2020
Rest In Peace Larry Gogan. The few times I recorded with him for TV or radio he was such a gentleman. Always very kind and humble, despite the star he was. pic.twitter.com/GOCwKLW4Az— Colm Flynn (@ColmFlynn1) January 7, 2020
Larry: "Name the capital of France"— Sean Moncrieff (@SeanMoncrieff) January 7, 2020
An over-used term, but in this case, true. Larry Gogan was a gentleman to his fingertips. RIP
Grew up listening to Larry Gogan and later had the joy of working with him at Eurovision. An absolute legend and always a total gent 📻#RIPLarry— Gareth O'Connor (@garethoconnor) 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
Very sad news about Larry Gogan. A tremendous music broadcaster whose enthusiasm for the gig came through the speaker - and that's rarer than you’d think. Legend.— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) January 7, 2020
Sad news about Larry Gogan. Another remarkable institution of Irish broadcasting has passed away.— Dara Quilty (@daraquilty) January 7, 2020
I only met Larry a couple of times when I worked over there at RTE TV, I was starting my career and he finishing his.
RIP Larry Gogan. Another great broadcaster gone. What a sad time for the country. 🎙😔🇮🇪— John Duggan (@JohnDugganSport) 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
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.— 🧔🏼 Ed Smith 📻 (@EdTodayFM) January 7, 2020
Every hour was 'the golden hour' when Larry took the mic.
RIP The Greatest. pic.twitter.com/wPtLG8giPB
RIP Larry Gogan - used to play cassette demos by underground Irish rock bands on daytime radio in the 90s when the so-called "cool" DJs wouldn't touch them. Didn’t know him but always seemed like a great guy.— Leagues O'Toole (@foggynotions) January 7, 2020
Rest In Peace Larry Gogan..— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) January 7, 2020
He was a sweet gentle man and a great broadcaster.
My condolences to his family today. pic.twitter.com/yzBHPRXJax