Dublin-born DJ Annie Mac bade a tearful goodbye to her BBC Radio 1 listeners on Friday night and called her 17 years at the station "the most amazing, magical experience".

Mac (43) broadcast the final edition of her Future Sounds show after announcing last April that she was leaving the BBC so she could devote more time to her children and working on new projects.

Speaking during her final link on the show, she said she was doing really well "not crying" until her dad sent her a text which "floored" her.

"Thank you to my mum and dad," a teary-eyed Mac said as she recalled the early support they had given her when she started work at the BBC in 2004.

"They live in Dublin and you couldn't get Radio 1 down there very well back in the day. At the start of my shows, they used to sit out in the drive and sit in the car and listen to my shows. And yeah, thank you so much to them."

Annie Mac

She then played DJ Rolando’s Knights Of The Jaguar, a track she called, "everything I love in dance music".

She also delivered a message to her listeners, saying, "Thank you. Thank you for having me. Thank you for everything. I’m gonna keep going. I’m gonna hopefully keep being able to bring you music in other ways, and writing - whatever else comes my way."

"The last 17 years have been the most amazing, magical experience. And yeah, thank you so much for listening," she added.

Mac, who has also co-hosted RTÉ music series Other Voices, published her first novel, Mother Mother, in May and she says she will continue to host her Changes with Annie MacManus podcast, which sees her interview creatives about changes in their personal and professional lives.

Speaking to the Radio Times earlier in July, Mac said that presenting her evening slot every night is "just not sustainable".

"I wanted to be around in the evenings as my youngest kid starts school in September - but really, lots of things have come together to make this decision feel very easy,"

"It was definitely not spontaneous, it had been on my mind for a while.

Annie Mac presenting Other Voices from Dingle

"There's something very nice about the feeling of steering your own ship. I want to leave feeling good, with nothing but goodwill on both sides.

"I love the BBC and hope at some point I can come back. It's not walking away from radio, it’s just walking away from that slot."

MacManus studied English literature at Queen's University Belfast and joined the BBC as a production assistant in 2002 and fronted her first show, Annie Mac's Mash-Up in 2004.

Her Future Sounds show aired on BBC Radio 1 on weekdays between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.