Willie O’Reilly: Simon Young’s showmanship always kept the party going

The well-liked former RTÉ DJ, who passed away last week, could always be relied upon to infuse charm, humour and enthusiasm into everything he did

Simon Young: an unstintingly entertaining presence on the nation’s airwaves. Picture: RTE

The entertainment industry can be a cruel master. Fads and fashions come and go, so those who can sustain a lifetime career are few and far between. “You’re riding high in April, shot down in May,” as Frank Sinatra famously put it.

Last week, Simon Young departed to that great nightclub in the sky. Radio across the country paid tribute to a gentle character who was universally liked.

Simon first came to national prominence in ...