Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.38 10 Jan 2020


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The funeral of Larry Gogan has heard that he was an 'extraordinary man who was very ordinary'.

The service took place at the Church of St Pius X in Templeogue in Dublin earlier, ahead of the broadcaster being laid to rest at a private burial this afternoon.

U2 drummer Larry Mullen, RTÉ director general Dee Forbes and broadcasters Ryan Tubridy, Ronan Collins and Bryan Dobson were among those in attendance at today's service.

Larry's headphones, a thesaurus and a packet of wine gums were brought up to the alter at the beginning of his funeral mass.

Larry's friend Father Brian D'Arcy, who said mass, explained that Larry's headphones were the tools of his trade,

He said: "The most battered headphones in RTÉ [were] Larry's headphones. They need no explanation.

"They heard every pop song for 59 years."

Fr D'Arcy added: "Larry was always an extraordinary man who was very ordinary.

"His gift was the extraordinary things he could do - but he himself remained rooted in the ground."

Larry's daughter Orla paid tribute to her father and said his late wife Florrie was the love of his life.

She said: "We've lost the king of our family - all of us, his children and his grandchildren.

"We were truly blessed to have had the coolest and most with it dad and granddad."

Larry passed away on Tuesday at the age of 85, and Father D'Arcy joked that his age was only revealed after he had died.

The veteran DJ was a broadcaster for almost six decades, and was best known for his long career with 2FM which came to an end last year.

Larry will be laid to rest at a private burial later this afternoon.

Main image: A mourner holds a mass booklet for the funeral of broadcaster and DJ Larry Gogan, 85, at the Church of St Pius X, Templeogue in Dublin. Picture by: Damien Eagers/PA Wire/PA Images

 


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