Monday 28 May 2018

Larry Gogan: ‘I talk to my wife Florrie every day since she died’

2fm presenter Larry Gogan. Photo: Brian McEvoy
2fm presenter Larry Gogan. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Larry Gogan
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Veteran broadcaster Larry Gogan has opened up about life without his beloved late wife Florrie, who passed away 14 years ago.

The pair had been “inseparable” since they were 15 years old and happily married for four decades.

He told Today with Sean O’Rourke that the pair met when Florrie came to work in his mother’s newsagent shop in Fairview.

“Her father was Lucky Duffy on Parnell Street... she came to work with us. She was only 15 when we fell in love, and we started going out together when we were about 18. We were married at 21. She was 60 when she died of breast cancer.”

“I still talk to her every day, all the time. She listened all the time every day to every programme I did.”

“Joe [Dolan] phoned up when she died because she was a great fan of his.”

Gogan, a much-loved household name who began work in RTE in the 60s, also described how his father died when he was just a child.

“I was only 10 when he died. There were eight of us altogether. Two of my brothers have since died... I think he was about 49 or 50 when he died.”

“My mother died when she was 87”

Throughout his career, Gogan has interviewed musical greats such as Larry Mullen, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison and Garth Brooks, Michael Bolton, and Tom Jones.

“I started the same day as Terry Wogan on RTE. I was never on the staff of RTE. He was a staff man, he was a senior announcer. I was always a freelancer.”

“Joshua Tree is my favourite album... a brilliant album with lots of brilliant tunes on it.”

"[U2 are] very relevant all of the time... they always come up with something fresh.”

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