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'I have been very lucky in my life, I really have' - Larry Gogan

Larry Gogan wanted to die with his boots on and also said how he would like to be remembered, writes Niamh Horan

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Larry Gogan died on Tuesday aged 85. Photo: RTE/PA

Larry Gogan died on Tuesday aged 85. Photo: RTE/PA

So long: Larry Gogan. Photo: RollingNews.ie

So long: Larry Gogan. Photo: RollingNews.ie

DJs pose with cars in a shot taken for the 'RTE Guide' circa 1982. Jimmy Greeley is standing at the back. From left to right in the front are: Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan, Gerry Ryan, Lorcan Murray and Jim O'Neill. Photo: RTÉ Stills Library

DJs pose with cars in a shot taken for the 'RTE Guide' circa 1982. Jimmy Greeley is standing at the back. From left to right in the front are: Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan, Gerry Ryan, Lorcan Murray and Jim O'Neill. Photo: RTÉ Stills Library

Gogan, with his wife Florrie, who died in 2002

Gogan, with his wife Florrie, who died in 2002

Broadcasting legend Larry Gogan. Photo: Mark Condren

Broadcasting legend Larry Gogan. Photo: Mark Condren

Mr Gogan had been in broadcasting for almost 60 years (RTE/PA)

Mr Gogan had been in broadcasting for almost 60 years (RTE/PA)

Larry Gogan has been remembered at his funeral mass in Dublin (Damien Eagers/PA)

Larry Gogan has been remembered at his funeral mass in Dublin (Damien Eagers/PA)

Mr Gogan pictured in 2007 after winning a Meteor Music Award (PA)

Mr Gogan pictured in 2007 after winning a Meteor Music Award (PA)

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Larry Gogan died on Tuesday aged 85. Photo: RTE/PA

Last autumn, while we were making small talk, a taxi driver casually mentioned that he had recently taken Larry Gogan for dialysis treatment.

We had been sharing war stories about well-known people who could be difficult. The taxi driver said he'd had a number of those in the back of his cab, but Larry was a "true gent".


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