Fred Cogley – Passing of a Legend

He was described by his successor Ryle Nugent as the “sound track to a generation of TV Rugby.”

Fred Cogley passed away yesterday at the age of 82 and many have been quick to praise the massive contribution he made to broadcast sport in this country.

Cogley served as Head of Sport at the National Broadcaster for 27 years but was always best known as the presenter of Sports Stadium between 1973 and 1997, and as RTÉ’s rugby commentator on what was then the Five Nations.

He covered 49 seasons of rugby in total as well as 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups.  Alongside Bill O’Herlihy he was the voice of sport for everyone growing up in Ireland before the turn of the millennium.

His father Michael was also a sports reporter and his son Niall is TV3’s Group Director of Broadcasting having previously worked in RTÉ and Setanta.  Niall’s daughter Clodagh was a survivor of the Berkeley tragedy in 2015.”

I had the pleasure to meet Cogley on a number of occasions.  He was part of a golden generation of broadcasters who were always there for the moments of the greatest sporting importance and will forever be locked into our collective memory.

Our sympathies to his family and former colleagues.  He was some man for one man.

Remember the signature music from Sports Stadium at the start of this clip and take a moment to remember those dulcet tones covering everything from racing to cricket, Dublin vs Meath and Steffi Graf. And some great ads as well



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