Wednesday 22 November 2017

Award-winning journalist and WLR FM sports editor Kevin Casey has died aged 40

Aogán Ó Fearghail presenting Kevin Casey with the Best GAA related Radio Programme for
Aogán Ó Fearghail presenting Kevin Casey with the Best GAA related Radio Programme for "Maurice Shanahan - My Story" at the 2015 GAA MacNamee Awards
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tributes have been pouring in for award-winning journalist and WLR FM sports editor Kevin Casey after he passed away aged 40 after a short illness.

The Killarney native had worked with WLR FM for the past decade and was extremely popular among his listeners.

A statement today from WLR FM read: "At the request of the Casey family, we have been asked to inform our listeners of the death of our colleague Kevin Casey.

"Kevin, who celebrated his 40th birthday last year died after a short illness. He was originally from Glenflesk, Killarney, County Kerry and began working in WLR FM ten years ago.

"Kevin has been honoured many times for his work in sport with WLR FM , winning a GAA MacNamee award in 2010 for his programme which celebrated the jubilee of Waterford's All Ireland win in 1959.

"Last year he won another MacNamee award  for his interview with Waterford hurler Maurice Shanahan where he gave an open and honest account of his struggle with depression which made  for compelling listening.  The programme was enhanced by the compassionate and sensitive style of Kevin's interviewing.  Last October he  won a prestigious PPI National Radio Award for the same programme.

"Our condolences to his wife Marguerite, his sons Paul, Mark and James and his parents Paddy and Mary, sisters Marie and Majella and his brother Martin.

"His family would like to thank his medical team, Dr. Paula Colvert,  Dr. Emmett Wall and Dr. Sean Hogan and are particularly grateful to the oncology unit,  oncology liason nurses and home care team."

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