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Brian O’Donovan, Celtic music and Irish culture ambassador, has died

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Brian O'DonovanBrian O’Donovan, the longtime host of GBH’s radio show A Celtic Sojournand the creative force and host of “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” which has been a holiday tradition for New Englanders for over 20 years, died on Friday at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 66 years old.

The cause of death was complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.

“His passion for music and his sheer joy in sharing it was abundantly clear to GBH listeners, whether of his weekly show or of his spirited live events,” Susan Goldberg, GBH’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “In more than 35 years with our organization, Brian never met a stranger. His warmth to his colleagues, and his deep commitment to the mission of GBH, will be greatly missed.”

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  1. Lauraine Hutchinson on October 13, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    I have been a longtime fan of Brian O’Donovan and a longtime friend. I promoted his CD’s and performances while I was an MOR employee for 12 years and when I came back to GBH 10 years later I was his neighbor and had the priviledge of hearing him set up his play list for his weekend show everyweek. he was such a warm and kind man, always had a kind word and an uplifting comment each time we met. I will miss him greatly. Lauraine Hutchinson

  2. Doug Briscoe on October 8, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Deeply saddened by the death of this remarkable, gifted man. I used to see him every Saturday as my morning shift ended and his afternoon shift began. I admired Brian’s expansive knowledge, professionalism, and winning on-air manner and liked him personally for his warmth, kindness, and human decency. O insupportable and touching loss!

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