Former RTÉ newscaster, journalist and presenter Don Cockburn has died aged 87.

He joined RTÉ as a part-time Raidió Éireann announcer in 1958, before becoming a full-time employee in 1972. 

Mr Cockburn anchored the broadcaster's main evening programming over many years.

He retired in 1992.

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Mr Cockburn died at St Vincent's Hospital after a short illness.

His funeral will take place on Thursday.