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Ro Way RTÉ's Ronan Collins rejects retirement rumours and reveals why he was off airwaves

Collins recently quashed rumours that he was set to retire from his RTÉ Radio 1 show, describing them as "completely untrue"

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Ronan Collins

Ronan Collins

Legendary RTE broadcaster Ronan Collins will return to his afternoon music show on Radio One next Monday.

An RTE spokesperson confirmed that the hugely popular broadcaster will be back on the airwaves “and is looking forward to it.”

There has been speculation about Ronan’s welfare after he went missing from his popular show in recent weeks.

However, Sundayworld.com can reveal that the radio presenter suffered a foot injury last month on a stairs at his home, which required him to wear a cast and curtailed his activities.

Ronan, also a successful singer who performs classics from the showband era and Joe Dolan’s hits, was among the entertainers at the Sunday World Stars in the Kingdom show at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on October 16.

He was wearing a cast, but was otherwise on top form as he entertained the audience while sitting on a stool.

In an interview with the Sunday World last month, Collins quashed rumours that he was set to retire from his RTÉ Radio 1 show, describing them as "completely untrue".

There was speculation in early 2020 that the radio presenter was leaving the station - and was set to be replaced on the show by country singer Una Healy, who presented the programme when he was on a break.

"I was never due to leave and I never use the word retire," Ronan said.

"I don't know where that came from. I took a week off in February last year and while I was away on holiday in Portugal I got word of my impending retirement being talked about. And I have no idea where it came from.

"It was all news to me. Nobody ever spoke to me about retirement. It was also news to RTÉ. Nobody ever tried to retire me in RTÉ. Nobody has ever talked to me about stopping and giving it up."

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Ronan, who turned 69 last month - "the same day as John Lennon would have been 81," he pointed out - added: "I'm in my 43rd year doing this and it's been a great privilege.

I'm too old to retire now. I'm very aware of the fact that I've been doing this for such a long time, and will I keep doing it forever? No, absolutely not. Am I going to stop this year or next year? I don't think so.

"If RTÉ want to make any changes with me they'll talk to me, but I don't worry about these things. The older I get the less I think it's important to grow old gracefully.

"Instead, make sure you don't grow up and that you have a good attitude to things."

The veteran broadcaster’s career has included hosting the Lotto draw on RTE. Amid controversy over the current rollover of a record breaking €19 million Lotto Jackpot, Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan recently called on the National Lottery to remove two balls from the Lotto draw drum to increase the likelihood of someone winning the massive cash prize, declaring: “This never happened in Ronan Collins’ day.”

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