Saturday 21 October 2017

'I didn't think anyone would notice I was gone' - Larry Gogan back on the airwaves after hospital stint

2fm presenter Larry Gogan. Photo: Brian McEvoy
2fm presenter Larry Gogan. Photo: Brian McEvoy

The legendary Larry Gogan recently returned to the airwaves after a long hospital stint and has revealed he has no plans to retire.

The ageless star has been broadcasting since the 60s and his dulcet tones are like a warm hug to listeners of 2fm every Saturday and Sunday so when he suddenly disappeared it caused a stir.

BP Fallon and Larry Gogan, co-presenters of RTE Television’s ‘GO 2’ show, 27 June 1967
BP Fallon and Larry Gogan, co-presenters of RTE Television’s ‘GO 2’ show, 27 June 1967

"I didn't think anyone would notice that I was gone, but I've had hundreds of texts and emails from people saying, 'great to hear you back on air and that you are well'" he told The Sunday World.

Larry, who was spotted at the U2 gig in a wheelchair, had been receiving treatment for severe arthritis in his knees, but anyone who feared he would not be back should know he has no plans to retire.

2fm DJs DJs, including Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan (centre)
and Gerry Ryan (overcoat) pose with cars, in a shot taken for the RTE Guide in 1982
2fm DJs DJs, including Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan (centre) and Gerry Ryan (overcoat) pose with cars, in a shot taken for the RTE Guide in 1982

"You'd go mad doing nothing," said the father of five and grandfather of 12 who refuses to confirm his age.

"I've never told anyone y age and nobody ever gets it right," he said.  "The RTE press office used to tell the media who asked, 'Larry Gogan is ageless'. I've never let it stop me doing what I love."

Larry was personally invited to U2's Croke Park gig by Larry Mullen who has always made time to be interviewing by Larry since the DJ requested a one-on-one with him in the 80s.

"Paul [McGuinness, U2 manager] said, 'Larry?  Everyone wants to talk to Bono.'  Paul came back and said, 'He'd rather do an interview with you than Rolling Stone.'"

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