Radio Kerry has paid tribute to commentator and broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty who has died at the age of 77.
The radio station informed listeners of the sad news on-air with a special audio tribute, and via social media: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Weeshie Fogarty. On behalf of everybody at Radio Kerry we wish to extend our deepest condolences to his wife Joan and family, and to say – thank you Weeshie.”
Weeshie hosted the Radio Kerry Terrace Talk programme, and was well known for his love of football and association with Killarney Legion where he served as player, trainer and officer.
In 2014, Weeshie created the Kerry Sports Awards to recognised a local sport each month.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Weeshie Fogarty. On behalf of everybody at Radio Kerry we wish to extend our deepest condolences to his wife Joan and family, and to say – thank you Weeshie pic.twitter.com/GIRly0u5RM
— Radio Kerry (@radiokerry) November 18, 2018
We are very saddened to hear this morning of the death of Weeshie Fogarty, who was a columnist with this paper for many years. Weeshie was also a renowned radio broadcaster, an author, a Kerry footballer and, above all, a great family man, and a wonderful friend to all. RIP.
— The Kerryman (@kerryman_ie) November 18, 2018
Weeshie Fogarty; a gentleman & an outstanding broadcaster. A few people today mentioned his 'Guide to Killarney' on OTB a few years back, before the Munster final in Fitzgerald Stadium. Here's the link. RIP https://t.co/k7MwBR9YVm
— Joe Molloy (@MolloyJoe) November 18, 2018
Weeshie Fogarty RIP ?
Broadcaster, wordsmith, gentleman, hero.
I’m so glad I worked with him, I’m lucky I knew him.
Thinking of his radio family @radiokerry, his wonderful wife Joan and all his family ?
— Sinead Spain (@sineadspain) November 18, 2018
Ah no. Weeshie Fogarty has gone. One of the true GAA originals. Played, coached, refereed (gave the first ever GAA yellow card) and then, for a second act, started working for Radio Kerry when he was 55. What a life. Sleep well Weeshie.
— Malachy Clerkin (@MalachyClerkin) November 18, 2018
"It's like standing in Aghadoe and looking out on the Lakes of Killarney"
Always loved this piece of commentary from Weeshie Fogarty after Hassett lifted Sam and ended the famine in 97. We've lost an absolute gentleman and an incredible broadcaster today – he'll be sorely missed pic.twitter.com/48x8dNhKFq
— Eoin Sheahan (@EoinSheahan) November 18, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the legendary Weeshie Fogarty. What a wonderful man, great friend & superb broadcaster. I loved his company & listening to his beautiful Kerry accent and words always made the world a better place & brought a smile to my day. RIP Weeshie.
— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) November 18, 2018
Saddened to hear of the passing of @radiokerry legend Weeshie Fogarty, to this day he’s the only man who got my father, Danny and I into a room for an interview all at once. Weeshie epitomised everything that’s great about Kerry, his passion for sport was heard far and wide #RIP pic.twitter.com/jdBrRi4gzs
— Michael Healy-Rae (@MHealyRae) November 18, 2018
A sad day. He was the voice of Kerry football.https://t.co/slTYDDB4Ny
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) November 18, 2018
Weeshie Fogarty was a magnetic and talented broadcaster.
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) November 18, 2018
A notice on rip.ie says: “Very sadly missed and dearly loved by his wife Joan, children Denise, Carolann and Kieran, son-in-law Glenn, grandaughters Lucy and Eva, sister Sheila, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.”
“May He Rest In Peace”
Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Wednesday morning, burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.