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Liam Devally: Singer, RTÉ presenter, barrister and judge

Liam Devally presented the hugely popular Cross Country Quiz on RTÉ. Picture from RTÉ

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LIAM Devally's remarkable life in the spotlight saw him sing on the Ed Sullivan Show in America, present one of RTÉ's most popular TV programmes, and serve as a bilingual barrister and judge in the Irish courts.

Born in Cahir, Co Tipperary in 1933, the son of a Garda, his singing talent was recognised early with a gold medal at the Feis Ceoil and he performed extensively in North America with the Irish Festival Singers.

He joined RTÉ aged 20 as a continuity announcer. His interviewer, Mairéad Connaughton, later became his wife.

Switching to the light entertainment department, he became a household name when he took over the hugely popular Cross Country Quiz. He also presented an Irish music and dance show with Kathleen Watkins and brought the Eurovision Song Contest to radio listeners during the 1970s.

While still working at RTÉ he began studying to be a barrister and was able to use his fluency in Irish to act for clients in both languages.

He was appointed a circuit court judge in 1991 and retired in 2002, living in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Liam Devally died aged 85 on April 9 and is survived by a son and daughter.

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