Friday 15 December 2017

'He once turned up to an interview with a ghetto blaster' - Ross O' Carroll Kelly and Ray Foley lead tributes to broadcaster Johnny Lyons

Popular radio presenter Johnny Lyons was found dead at his home Wednesday evening
Popular radio presenter Johnny Lyons was found dead at his home Wednesday evening
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Ross O' Carroll Kelly has led the celebrity tributes to Irish broadcaster Johnny Lyons.

The Twitter account for fictional Ross O' Carroll Kelly character is run by the author, Paul Howard.

Howard tweeted a number of memories he had of the legendary broadcaster from the account, joining the vast number of tweets paying tribute to the journalist.

"It's hard to pick a favourite moment... although it would be hard to beat the time he turned up to the press conference before Ireland played Holland wearing a Dutch jersey... Mick McCarthy refused to take questions from him until he took it off".

"He once turned up to interview Ian Botham in the Shelbourne Hotel with a ghetto blaster. He left Botham minding it while he went off to get batteries. Not surprisingly, Botham thought he was fantastic".

Ray Foley led the tributes this morning on the Ray Foley Show on 98FM. He invited listeners to share their memories of the broadcaster and rock music fan, joking "with Johnny, it was 90% rock music and 10% sport".

He recanted a story that he had been told by a taxi driver about Lyons.

"I was in the taxi... and the taxi driver told me that it was many a time he would have picked Johnny up from 98FM - and then not gone home for three days".

#IamJohnnyLyons has been trending since news broke of his sudden death, a reference to his memorable sign-off.

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