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Funeral to take place for broadcasting legend Larry Gogan

Radio stations across Ireland will play the same song at the same time in his honour.

Larry Gogan died on Tuesday aged 85 (RTE/PA)
Larry Gogan died on Tuesday aged 85 (RTE/PA)

By Aine McMahon PA

A funeral mass is being held for legendary RTE broadcaster Larry Gogan.

The service will take place at Templeogue in Dublin on Friday morning, followed by private burial.

He died aged 85 in Dublin on Tuesday.

Mr Gogan, who was known as the man with the golden voice, had worked at RTE for more than 50 years.

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Mr Gogan had been in broadcasting for almost 60 years (RTE/PA)

He had been in broadcasting for almost six decades and was best known for his Just A Minute quiz and his radio show The Golden Hour.

Mr Gogan was the third high-profile RTE broadcaster to pass away recently, following the death of Gay Byrne in November and Marian Finucane last week.

The Late Late Show will pay tribute to Mr Gogan in a special programme on Friday night.

Radio stations across the country will also honour him by playing Friends In Time by Irish band the Golden Horde just after midday, when his funeral mass takes place.

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Mr Gogan pictured in 2007 after winning a Meteor Music Award (PA)

Mr Gogan featured in the original music video for the song.

In a joint statement, the radio stations said Friends In Time was “poignantly chosen as a nod to two of Larry’s well-known music passions – championing Irish music and his infamous music show feature”.

They added: “This bittersweet nostalgic track, in which Larry himself also featured in the original video, would not have been out of place on the playlist for Larry’s famous Golden Hour.”

They also said Mr Gogan was “the epitome of music radio in Ireland and paved the way for so many others”.

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