Monday 22 May 2017

Award-winning radio broadcaster (40) dies after 'hard fought battle with cancer'

Kevin Casey. Picture: WLRFM
Kevin Casey. Picture: WLRFM
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Tributes have been paid to an award-winning radio broadcaster who died on Tuesday after a "hard fought battle with cancer".

Kevin Casey (40) died after a short illness, his station WLRFM confirmed.

The father of three was originally from Glenflesk, Killarney, County Kerry and began working at the station ten years ago.

Mr Casey was honoured many times for his work in sport with the station, winning a GAA MacNamee award in 2010 for his programme which celebrated the jubilee of Waterford's All Ireland win in 1959.

And last year he won another MacNamee award for his interview with Maurice Shanahan where the Waterford hurler described his struggle with depression. Last October he  won a prestigious PPI National Radio Award for the same programme.

WLRFM passed on their condolences to his wife Marguerite, his sons Paul, Mark and James and his parents Paddy and Mary, sisters Marie and Majella and his brother Martin.

Rival Waterford station Beat 102-103 also paid tribute to Mr Casey.

CEO, Gabrielle Cummins wrote: “On behalf of everyone at Beat 102-103, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of well-known WLR FM Sports broadcaster Kevin Casey. Kevin passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 3rd after finally losing his hard fought battle with cancer."

She added: "In addition to his obvious broadcasting talents, Kevin was also an all-round lovely guy. Kevin’s handsome, devilish smirk will be sorely missed by us all at the Broadcast Centre."

It is the second tragic death to rock the station in the last two months.

In November WLRFM announced the death of broadcaster Billy McCarthy who died after a short and sudden illness.

He was a presenter and Programme Director of WLR from 1989 to 2014.

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