Tributes paid following the passing of broadcaster Fred Cogley

Former RTÉ broadcaster and Head of Sport Fred Cogley has died aged 82.

Known mostly for his rugby commentary, Fred Cogley began working with Radio Eireann in 1950 aged just sixteen.

Considered by a generation of sports fans to be the “voice of rugby”, the legendary commentator covered 11 Olympic Games, 12 World Cups and 49 rugby seasons during his time with the station.

As someone who remembers Cogley’s commentaries on Ireland during the barren times of the 80’s and 90’s, his enthusiasm and passion brought joy to us all on the rare good days.

One of those good days was February 6th 1982 when Ireland beat England 16-15 at Twickenham en route to a Triple Crown and Championship.

Cogley’s commentary helped to immortalise the famous Gerry McLoughlin try. You can listen watch it below in all its glory.

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He also fronted RTE’s long-running Sports Stadium between 1973 and 1997.

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