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TV stars join family to bid farewell to popular presenter Michael Davis

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 19/05/2015

The funeral cortege of Derek Davis makes its way from the Victorian Chapel Mount Jerome in Dublin yesterday
The funeral cortege of Derek Davis makes its way from the Victorian Chapel Mount Jerome in Dublin yesterday
Gay Byrne at the funeral
Former Miss Ireland, actress Olivia Tracey

"In his final chapter, Dad was at his absolute best," Michael Davis, the son of late broadcaster Derek Davis, proudly told hundreds of mourners in Dublin yesterday.

"I could not have asked for a greater father, a better teacher or a more reliable friend. And I could not be prouder to be his son."

The presenter, who died last Wednesday following a stroke, was remembered by friends and colleagues crowded into Mount Jerome Crematorium in Harold's Cross as a "garrulous storyteller" and keen angler who loved life, his family "and the excitement of a tight line".

Mr Davis started his career in news with BBC Northern Ireland before moving to US network ABC and then to RTE.

Live at Three co-host Thelma Mansfield, Gay Byrne, Derry and Sally Anne Clarke, Charlie Bird, Anne Doyle, Syl Fox, Bobby Kerr and Tom McGurk all attended the emotional funeral service.

Managing director of RTE, Glen Killane, described Davis as one of the "most popular men in RTE".

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