BBC broadcaster Paddy O'Flaherty dies at 73
The BBC journalist Paddy O'Flaherty has died.
The BBC announced the renowned broadcaster passed away following a short illness on Monday.
He was 73-years-old.
O'Flaherty was a familiar voice on BBC Radio Ulster for decades having presented many of its shows including Good Morning Ulster and Evening Extra.
He was also a keen musician and angler.
Announcing the news on Good Morning Ulster, presenter Noel Thompson paid his respects.
He said: "He brought a big enthusiasm to every story and had the ability to turn even the most tedious story into the most fascinating."
Editor of BBC Northern Ireland Radio Current Affairs and Digital News NI, Adam Smyth, paid tribute.
He described him as "one of the best radio broadcasters these islands have ever produced, a tremendous character and a man whose name was synonymous with BBC Radio Ulster".
Saddened to learn of the death of the doyen of Radio Ulster Paddy O'Flaherty.— Chris Hagan (@hagan_utv) September 27, 2016
V sad to hear of the passing of Paddy O'Flaherty. Always willing to pass on his priceless advice & knowledge to younger staff. A huge loss.— Rick Faragher (@R_Faragher) September 27, 2016
Radio Ulster broadcaster Paddy O'Flaherty has passed away. He came to my house to interview me when I was about 11; mesmerised by his voice— Chris Holt (@HoltChris) September 27, 2016
Very sad to hear about passing of colleague Paddy O'Flaherty - a true gent, a great reporter with one of the best broadcasting voices ever— Mark Devenport (@markdevenport) September 27, 2016
Nothing better than being on late shift with Paddy O'Flaherty in story telling mode. Could make the phone book sound lyrical. A legend— Gareth Gordon (@BBCGarethG) September 27, 2016
So sad to hear our colleague and friend paddy o'flaherty has passed away. A huge talent and a very nice and kind guy— Maggie Taggart (@MaggieTaggart) September 27, 2016
Sad to hear of the passing of Paddy O'Flaherty @bbcradioulster Brilliant radio journalist, instantly recognizable voice & a real character— Symon Ross (@SymonRoss) September 27, 2016