'Gentleman and giant of Irish sports broadcasting' Fred Cogley passes away at 82
Legendary RTE sports journalist, Fred Cogley, has passed away at 82.
The much-loved broadcaster enjoyed a career that spanned almost five decades.
He got his start in the business as a teenager in 1950 with Radio Eireann.
Rising through the ranks, he became Head of the Sports Department at RTE in 1972. A position he held until 1999.
Considered by a generation of sports fans to be the "voice of rugby", he was distinctive in his passion and enthiusiasm.
Throughout his impressive career, the legendary commentator covered 11 Olympic Games, 12 World Cups and 49 rugby seasons during his time with the station.
He also fronted RTE's long-running Sports Stadium between 1973 and 1997.
RTE announced his passing on Wednesday's Nine O'Clock News, describing him as a "gentleman and giant of Irish sports broadcasting".
Fred Cogley was the loveliest man. A true gentleman to everyone he met and a brilliant storyteller. So sad to hear he has passed.— david murphy (@DavejMurph) June 14, 2017
RIP Mr Fred Cogley.— Justin Deegan (@JustinDeeganEsq) June 14, 2017
What an utter gentleman you were and an absolute delight to be around on and work with on match day.
#FredCogley was one of those evocative and distinctive voices of TV sport in '70s and '80s, along with Michael O'Hehir and Jimmy Magee. RIP.— Noel Fallon (@fallon_noel) June 14, 2017
Irish sports journalism has lost a giant, and a gent, with very sad passing of Fred Cogley. RIP.— Philip Quinn (@Quinner61) June 14, 2017
Fred Cogley was a gent of a man when I worked with him late in his career in Setanta. An iconic voice. RIP.— Johnny Ward (@Ui_Maine) June 14, 2017
#FredCogley RIP What a legend and a a voice we grew up with. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh a anam.— Richie Ó hEadhra (@OHeadhra) June 14, 2017
RIP Fred Cogley. I grew up listening to his Five Nations commentary and watching him on Sports Stadium:https://t.co/oHYcHkLfdp— Philip Egan (@PhilEganTodayFM) June 14, 2017
Always smiling, always encouraging; it'll be said over and over in the next few day but Fred Cogley was the epitome of a gentleman. https://t.co/BPsTW2jKc4— Emmet Riordan (@emmetrd) June 14, 2017
Fred Cogley RIP. Was so generous with his time and encouragement. Gentleman to his toes. Sound track to a generation of TV rugby @RTEsport— Ryle Nugent (@RyleNugentRTE) June 14, 2017
Sad news about Fred Cogley. A pillar of my Saturdays as a youth between 5 Nations & Sports Stadium.— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) June 14, 2017
"Ireland are in and Ireland are overrr..."— Eric Haughan (@Honcho68) June 14, 2017
Fred Cogley, a lovely lovely man.
So long, Fred... RIP
The voice that warmed a thousand spring afternoons. RIP Fred Cogley.— Michael Moynihan (@MikeMoynihanEx) June 14, 2017
The news sparked an outpouring of fond tributes from friends and fans on social media.