'It's been a blast, I hate to go' - Bryan Dobson signs off from the Six One News for the final time
Bryan Dobson said his twenty-one years on the Six One news had been "a blast" as he completed his final broadcast this evening.
The TV star (57) bid farewell to viewers and his longtime co-host Sharon Ni Bheolain as he prepares to join the on-air team on Morning Ireland.
Ni Bheolain admitted she didn't look at her colleague while she was wishing him well as she didn't want to "get all teary".
"You've been a rock to us. You've been a rock to us, figuratively and literally" she said.
"I'm not going to look at you now because I know I'm going to get all teary."
Ni Bheolain thanked Dobson for being both a friend and mentor to her over the years.
"From my point of view, you have been a great friend and a mentor and I'm sure the whole country joins me this evening and wishes you the very best," she said.
The programme played a highlight of Dobson's work on Six One which Ni Bheolain called "Dobbo through the ages".
It featured him reporting on several significant world moments such as Barack Obama's election as the first African-American president of the United States and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It also featured issues closer to home including President Michael D. Higgins' state visit to the United Kingdom and an interview with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
Dobson said his final goodbye while looking ahead to his new role on Morning Ireland.
"I'm completely taken by surprise. It's been a blast, it really has benn but I'm afraid I have to," he said.