The dulcet tones of Bruckless native Pauric Byrne on the local airwaves will be missed as he leaves Ocean FM after 11 years.

His new sojourn will see him travel Stateside, where he hopes new opportunities will follow.

He initially began presenting “The Love Cruise” on a Friday night and some weekend afternoon shows.

He told the Donegal Post:

“After getting on air experience I started to fill in for the day time shows when they needed holidays. Then I started to go along to the Donegal GAA games, being a football fan anyway this was a natural fit and something I really enjoyed, I would be an extra pair of eyes for the commentary team of Pauric Hilferty and Pauric McShea.”

Some of Pauric's work colleagues - both past and present - who have worked with him in his Ocean FM days

He covered the newly developed GAA facilities at Ruislip in London in 2017 and their exciting opening Connaught Championship game against New York in Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

“GAA homecomings on the Diamond and always firstly Pettigo stand out as well, Borrowing Mona Flood’s phone line on Pettigo and she’d welcome us with open arms and in Donegal Town always having the support of Ernan & Mary McGettigan who’d let us use their power and phone line!

He added: “During those games and shows I often thought of people listening who couldn’t physically make it to the event and people living abroad who were listening and this was a taste of home, ironically I’ll now be in that position myself!”

He recalls talking to a fisherman from Killybegs who said he listened to All Ireland homecoming on the boat in South Africa and enjoying every minute of it.

Former colleagues at Gallagher's Bakery pictured with Pauric at his farewell party from left front row - Anna Marie and Elizabeth Byrne, John Burke, Tracey Gormley and Michael Breslin. Back row from left - Darren Burke, Pat McCafferty, Christine Deane, John McDevitt and Raymond Colgan.

Pauric later took over the reigns of Ocean Drive from Shane Smyth.

“I leave after 11 years with a lot of good memories and even better friends, one huge highlight was when I went to cover Seamus Coleman receiving the “Freedom Of Donegal” at the event I was asked the St.Catherine’s soccer club in Killybegs to MC “An Evening With Seamus Coleman” in the Blue Haven.

“This was a Question & Answer session in front of over 700 people. The event was a huge success. I was delighted to be asked to do it when Seamie could call on anyone to do it.

I had the honour of seeing his comeback earlier this year and watch the game from the Sky Sports Box with his wife Rachel and 2 children.

“Thank you to everyone who listened over the years and to my colleagues, past and present at Ocean Fm. Thanks also must go to Donegal GAA, players and managers past and present who were always generous with their time giving interviews.”

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