Friday 24 November 2017

'Gentleman and giant of Irish sports broadcasting' Fred Cogley passes away at 82

Fred Cogley RIP
Fred Cogley RIP
RTE broadcaster Fred Cogley

Sasha Brady

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".

The news sparked an outpouring of fond tributes from friends and fans on social media.

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