Radio great Des Cahill inducted into hall of fame
Published 19/09/2015 | 02:30
Four of the most revered voices in Irish broadcasting have joined the PPI Radio Awards' Hall of Fame.
RTÉ Radio One presenter Des Cahill, and Today FM's Pat Balfe, were recognised for their contributions at a special ceremony in Dublin last night.
Also honoured at the awards was the late Gerry Anderson of BBC Radio Ulster, and Henry Condon, of Independent Broadcasters of Ireland.
The families of both men attended the ceremony, where they accepted the awards posthumously.
The recipients were chosen by the PPI committee and their peers, for skills in broadcasting, plus their love and dedication to radio in Ireland.
Des Cahill currently presents the flagship Saturday Sport programme on RTÉ Radio 1.
The 62-year-old, who has worked at the national broadcaster for 30 years, said he felt "very lucky" to have travelled the world with his job.
"I've been to seven Olympics, Euro '88, Italia '90, the Tour de France when Stephen Roche won it, and the Ryder Cup. So I'm lucky I get to travel the world and see all Ireland's success," he said.
"Pat Kenny once said 'if Carlsberg did jobs, it would be the one Des does' - and it's been great craic.
"I remember reporting from Italia '90 and RTÉ were getting concerned that most of my reports were about where the sing-songs were, but the listeners loved that," he added.
Cahill also contributes sports bulletins, and updates to 'Morning Ireland', and 'Today with Sean O'Rourke'.
He has also deputised on radio programmes such as 'Liveline', and the 'Gerry Ryan Show', as well as standing in for big-name broadcasters such as Gay Byrne.