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Famous faces salute entertainer Val who 'exceeded all expectations'

Irish celebrities have led tributes to legendary entertainer Val Doonican.

Famous faces expressed their sadness at the news of the Waterford man's death, with many taking to social media to show their grief.

Comedian Dara O Briain paid his respects to the broadcasting veteran on Twitter, sharing a picture of his album Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently.

"RIP Val Doonican. Still the greatest album name of all time," he captioned the photo.

Newstalk presenter and musician Tom Dunne tweeted his sadness at the entertainer's death and said he was "heartbroken" at the news.

"Val Doonican RIP, I am heartbroken, watch videos of your own kids with his The Special Years in the background and cry like a river with me," he said.


Irish comedian Adrian Walsh, who opened for Doonican for four years, described the former presenter as a "beautiful guy".

"Sometimes when you meet your heroes you are disappointed, but he exceeded all expectations," he said.

"I've never met anyone who didn't like Val, he was just a joy and a gent to work with.

"He would have told a story for 40 years and every night it would be like the first time he told it," he added.

"I used to say to young comedians, go and watch Val and how he tells a story.

"He was unbelievable."

British celebrities also shared their memories of the popular crooner following the announcement.

Broadcasting legend Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the musician, describing him as a "very warm person".

"It is very sad. He was always a lovely man to work with," he said.

"He had the top television show on the BBC. He had the warmth, the voice and the sweaters. He was one of the warmest personalities I think we have ever had.

"He was a very warm person, and number one in his field. He brought a lovely warmth with his personality and was a very popular man," he added.