Derek was a legend and will be sadly missed
Last Wednesday Derek Davis passed away from this life.
He was an extraordinarily gifted broadcaster, musician and raconteur and will be greatly missed by all of his friends across the country.
I was one of his many, many admirers.
I was an avid fan of his Live at 3 show, which he co-hosted with Thelma Mansfield, and all the other great moments that he gave us on RTE throughout the years.
Derek always seemed to me to be a man of deep compassion and kindness.
One day, many years ago, when I was still in the gardai, I met Derek (above) when I was on a fishing expedition in county Wicklow.
I introduced myself to him at the lakeside and told him how much I admired him.
In real life he was as I suspected friendly and kind.
He will be sadly missed.