TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Radio Kerry journalist passed away yesterday.
Glenflesk native Kevin Casey (40), who worked for Waterford radio station WLR FM, died yesterday after a short illness.
He previously worked in the sports department of Radio Kerry, at The Kerryman for a short period and was PRO of Kerry Ladies Football in the past.
WLR FM issued a statement about Kevin’s passing:
“Kevin, who celebrated his fortieth birthday last year died after a short illness. He was originally from Glenflesk, Killarney, County Kerry and began working in WLR FM ten years ago.
Kevin has been honoured many times for his work in sport with WLR FM , winning a GAA MacNamee award in 2010 for his programme which celebrated the jubilee of Waterford’s All Ireland win in 1959.
Last year he won another MacNamee award for his interview with Waterford hurler Maurice Shanahan where he gave an open and honest account of his struggle with depression which made for compelling listening. The programme was enhanced by the compassionate and sensitive style of Kevin’s interviewing. Last October he won a prestigious PPI National Radio Award for the same programme.
WLR FM Managing Director Des Whelan said: “Kevin is one of the most popular people I’ve worked with over the years and a really great broadcaster.
“His love of sport was only surpassed by his great love for his family. Our condolences to his wife Marguerite, his sons Paul, Mark and James and his parents Paddy and Mary, sisters Marie and Majella and his brother Martin.”
WLR FM Head of News Liz Reddy said: “Kevin was not just a brilliant hard working broadcaster but a fantastic friend and colleague to everyone in WLR FM.
“His wonderful easy going charm brought joy to the News and Sports Department and made everyone he met and interviewed immediately at ease.
“His contribution to the Sports Department was immense, not just in the major awards he won but also in the way he went about his work every day. Kevin has been inspirational in the dignified way he dealt with his illness over the last year.”