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MUCH-LOVED: Marian Finucane was a huge radio presence. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

MUCH-LOVED: Marian Finucane was a huge radio presence. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

MUCH-LOVED: Marian Finucane was a huge radio presence. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Broadcaster Marian Finucane left more than €1.3m in her will, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin.

The much-loved presenter died at home in Co Kildare in January aged 69, only months off retirement.

Finucane was one of RTE's best-paid broadcasters for more than a decade and was credited with bringing women's issue to the fore.

Born in Dublin in May 1950, one of six children, she completed her Leaving Cert at the age of 16 and spent a year at the St Louis Convent in Monaghan before studying architecture at UCD.

A chance meeting with broadcaster John O'Donoghue drew her into RTE, where she got a job as a continuity announcer. Her broadcasting career took off with a programme called Women Today which later led to her becoming the first presenter of Liveline in 1985. She took over the Gay Byrne slot in 1999, which became The Marian Finucane Show,

Finucane later moved to her weekend slot, which brought her some of the highest ratings on radio.

The broadcaster who became famous for her interviews, particularly her searing semi-death bed confessional with her friend, the writer Nuala O'Faolain, had her own tragedy to bear.

Her daughter Sinead developed leukaemia and died in 1990 aged eight.

Her son Jack was the subject of a horrific attack by burglars in the family home in 2007, when his parents were on a trip to South Africa.

Marian Finucane always remained guarded about her private life and was seen less on the celebrity circuit than many of her compatriots in radio and television.

At her funeral, her husband, John Clarke, said Marian Finucane "made the colours brighter and the world a bit easier to live in".

Unlike the voluminous will of her friend Nuala O'Faolain, who left varying bequests to her wide circle of friends, Marian Finucane's will, made in June, 2015, was a single page document.

In this she left "all property of which I die possessed" to her husband, "for his sole use and benefit". Her son and her stepchildren, Jocelyn, Neal and Timothy, are also mentioned.

Sunday Independent