How did Val Joyce die? Know everything about the RTÉ broadcaster

A heartbreaking news has burst out of Dublin as Val Joyce, a former RTÉ Radio 1 presenter, died on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at a nursing home in Blackrock, Dublin. The broadcaster was surrounded by his beloved family members at the time of his death.

Keep reading this article to learn more about Val Joyce, his career, how he died, and much more!

Who is Val Joyce?

Val Joyce is most well-known for being an RTÉ Radio 1 broadcaster during a career at Montrose, which lasted over half a century. He was the presenter of well-known shows, including “Airs and Races” and “Late Date.” 

Val Joyce married Christina Murphy, an education editor and duty editor for the Irish Times who passed away in 1996. After a few years, Joyce had his second marriage and his second wife died just six years ago.

More about his career

The late broadcaster, Val Joyce, started his career in the radio industry in the 1950s by hosting some of RTÉ’s sponsored programmes, which included one for the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes, where he had previously worked as an accountant.

Joyce worked as a presenter of “Sound of the Light,” a radio programme that featured the music of the Radio Éireann Light Orchestra, which became the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

During the 1960s, Joyce started “Pop Call,” Ireland’s first-ever phone-in pop request programme. He was also the presenter of Ireland’s Choice with Val Joyce on Radio 2 when the station was started in 1979.

The broadcaster combined his love for music and horse-racing when he started presenting the long-running Airs and Races programme on Saturday afternoons. This programme continued for many years during the 1980s.

Joyce hosted his last edition of the popular late-night music programme, Late Date, on September 1, 2006, after presenting the show for 15 long years. His show “Late Date” was dropped from the schedule along with other shows presented by Myles Dungan and John Kelly.

How Did Val Joyce Die?

According to the reports, the former RTE broadcaster took his last breath on Saturday, October 8, at a nursing home at Fern Dean in Blackrock, Dublin. The famous Radio 1 presenter was surrounded by his family members at the time of his passing. The cause of Val Joyce’s death is estimated to be natural causes.

The presenter is now survived by his children, Alan, Karen, Kenn, Julie, and Sally, along with other family members.

Val Joyce’s funeral details

The RTE legend’s family and relatives are going through an extremely hard time and that is why no official information regarding Val Joyce’s funeral has been shared till now. However, the funeral ceremony is expected to be organized in Booters town, Dublin within the next week.

Tributes pour in for the former broadcaster

Following the death of the former RTE broadcaster, Val Joyce, netizens have flooded social media platforms with tributary posts for the departed soul. Sharing her condolences for the late RTE broadcaster, RTE Lyric FM presenter, Aedin Gormley, said, “We have lost one of the RTE family, Val Joyce. RIP.”

“I loved him on Late Date @RTERadio1 and in those earlier days when I was a continuity announcer, he was so lovely and a joy to talk to. Loved his music. End of an era. My sympathy to his family and friends, she wrote on her Twitter.

Today FM’s Ed Smith also expressed his condolences to the late broadcaster on his official Twitter handle. He wrote, “So sad to hear of the passing of Val Joyce. The voice that first lured me to radio as a child. His Late Date introduced me to so much incredible music (and Patron Saints), and the cadence and rhythm of his presenting style was always such a reliable joy.” “One of the greats,” he concluded.

We also send our heartiest condolences to the family, friends, and all admirers of the late RTE broadcaster, Val Joyce. His memories will live in our hearts and his legacy will remain alive forever.

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