Tributes as BBC radio broadcaster Eamon Friel dies
Londonderry singer/songwriter and BBC broadcaster, Eamon Friel, has died after a short illness.
Friel's family told the BBC that the musician passed away this morning.
The former teacher began his radio career in the 1980s, presenting Friel's Fancy on Radio Foyle, which was broadcast for 30 years.
In recent years he presented Songbook with Eamon Friel on BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio Ulster.
His albums included The Streets Forget, Here is the River and The Waltz of the Years.
The musician's BBC Radio Foyle colleague Mark Patterson paid tribute to him on his programme this morning.
"I have some terribly sad new to share folks. Our esteemed colleague Eamon Friel has just passed away.
"His family have announced that Eamon died after a short illness. Our sincere condolences to Eamon's family and friends here at home, and abroad.
"He will be remembered among his peers as one of the finest broadcasters and songwriters of his generation," he said.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood paid tribute to the broadcaster on Twitter, saying: "Hearing that Eamon Friel has passed away. Such sad news. A great singer, songwriter and broadcaster and Derry man. RIP".
Hearing that Eamon Friel has passed away. Such sad news. A great singer, songwriter and broadcaster and Derry man. RIP— Colum Eastwood (@columeastwood) June 21, 2019
Sorry to hear Eamon Friel has passed away after a short illness. I received his album from him at the start of the year and was delighted he was still writing gorgeous songs. We crossed paths in the 90s quite s bit when I did a bit of work for the... https://t.co/dGeiaakHvE— David Dee Moore (@daviddeemoore) June 21, 2019
For the Derry heads! Sad to hear that Eamon Friel who wrote Brandywell Pride, a song that is synonymous with @derrycityfc, passed away this morning.— Ⓚⓔⓥⓘⓝ Ⓜⓞⓞⓡⓔ 📸 (@snapperkev) June 21, 2019
We’re so sad to hear about Eamon Friel, one of our favourite broadcasters. Our Saturday Club was named after his Saturday Club x— Dog Ears (@CheersDogEars) June 21, 2019
.Sad, sad news. An immensely talented man and a gentleman. Honoured to have had him as a colleague RIP #EamonFriel— Eimear O'Callaghan (@e_ocallaghan) June 21, 2019
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