Saturday 29 October 2016

Johnny's brother tells mourners 'we have lost a legend'

Published 25/08/2015 | 02:30

Johnny Lyons
Johnny Lyons
Mourners carry the remains of Johnny Lyons (right) from the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

Popular radio presenter Johnny Lyons was a "legend" who once partied with actor Johnny Depp - but he also had an inherent goodness and was a real "people person", mourners at his funeral heard.

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The 98FM presenter of 'That's What I Call Sport' was found dead at his home on Mountjoy Square last Wednesday. He was aged in his late 40s.

Chief mourners at his requiem Mass at the Church of St Therese in Dublin's Mount Merrion were his brother Maurice, Johnny's godmother Eithne, sister-in-law Aileen, nephews Kenneth, Andrew, Keith and niece Heidi.

Amongst those in attendance were businessman Denis O'Brien; chief executive of Communicorp Gervaise Slowey; CEO of (98FM; Keith McCormack; and CEO of Today FM Peter McPartland.

Former rugby international Shane Byrne; former Ireland manager Brian Kerr; comedian Mario Rosenstock; head of news at TV3, Andrew Hanlon; RTÉ sports commentator Des Cahill; 98FM presenter Adrian Kennedy; and journalist Eamon Carr were also among the mourners yesterday.

Concelebrant Fr Tom Nash, of Johnny Lyons' old school, Blackrock College, said: "There is no way to replace a person of his calibre."

Amongst gifts brought to the altar were an Ireland cricket jersey, a Dutch jersey and an AC/DC album.

His brother Maurice told mourners that he had lost "a fantastic brother, a fantastic character. We have all lost what I would describe as a legend".

Irish Independent

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