Tributes pour in for much-loved radio presenter Johnny Lyons
Published 19/08/2015 | 21:36
Tributes have been pouring in for popular radio presenter Johnny Lyons who has died suddenly at his Dublin home.
The 'Now That's What I Call Sport' presenter was found dead in his home on Wednesday evening.
The much-loved sports presenter on 98FM was described by his colleagues as the 'backbone' of the station's sports department.
Fans expressed their grief on Twitter, saying he would be "sorely missed".
Newstalk Lunchtime presenter Jonathan Healy described Mr Lyons as a "big character on Irish radio", while journalist Denis Kirwan said he was "one of the most decent guys I have ever worked with".
Social media users quickly began to use the hashtag #ImJohnnyLyons, a nod to the presenter's catchphrase.
Here are some of the tributes online:
Very sad about the sudden death of Johnny Lyons, what a radio personality that will be sorely missed across the Irish airwaves #RIPJohnny— Brian Farrell (@Farlo84) August 19, 2015
Johnny Lyons got me in trouble with both Monkstown Rugby Club and the Irish Press when we were covering a club match. It was worth it. RIP.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 19, 2015
Incredibly sad news about Johnny Lyons. A great personality both on air and in person. He will be greatly missed.— Barry Murphy (@Barry_J_Murphy) August 19, 2015
Johnny Lyons gave me my 1st start in radio. A character, mad and brilliant in equal measure, but loyal. A wonderful guy to have known. RIP— Hugh Cahill (@hughcahill7) August 19, 2015
My fav Johnny Lyons broadcast: 'Snooker, and The Crucible latest where Ken Doherty leads Stephen Hendry 2-1......that's points, not frames.— Philip Quinn (@Quinner61) August 19, 2015
Just heard the news that Johnny Lyons has passed away,devastated what a good pal over the years will be sorely missed RIP #fartooyoung— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) August 19, 2015
Johnny Lyons once brought a ghetto blaster to Shelbourne Hotel to interview Ian Botham as it was only tape recorder he had. 1/2— david kelly (@dk3lly) August 19, 2015
Heartbroken to learn of the passing of a true gent & colleague of mine Johnny Lyons I'll miss u around the malt house lovie #RIP— Nikki Hayes (@nikkihayes) August 19, 2015
RIP Johnny Lyons. One of the most distinctive voices on Irish radio, always a pleasure to speak to. Thoughts & prayers are with his family.— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) August 19, 2015
Shocked and saddened by news of Johnny Lyons' passing. A truly one of a kind character. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time.— Rhys Ruddock (@RhysRuddock) August 19, 2015
Johnny Lyons once tried to bring me to a Heavy Metal club run by Russian mob in Seoul. Will miss his brilliance RIP pic.twitter.com/MyYfkhn7dP— eamon carr (@carrtogram) August 19, 2015
He was one of those people who changed the energy of a room by simply stepping into it. I always felt about 50% happier for having met him.— Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (@RossOCK) August 19, 2015
So sad to hear about Johnny Lyons. Roomed with him in Skopje once. Johnny was on air at 6am. At 4.30, his vocal exercises began-'3, 2 and 1'— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) August 19, 2015