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BBC presenter Nick Sheridan remembered at funeral as ‘talented and generous soul’

The funeral of BBC Radio Scotland presenter Nick Sheridan has taken place in his native Ireland.

The award-winning presenter, who died last week aged 32 after a short illness, was described by his older brother Brian as a “talented and generous soul”.

“Nick epitomised everything that is good in life – family, friendship, creativity, and most of all kindness,” he said.

He said friendship was “incredibly important” to Sheridan, and every friend he had was “valued and cherished”. The journalist’s sibling added the family were “so proud” of his career success.

Mourners gathered at St Ibar’s Church in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, on Wednesday to pay their final respects to the journalist and author, who moved to Glasgow in 2017.

Nick Sheridan's brother Brian (front left) gave the eulogy during the mass. Pic: PA
Image: Sheridan’s brother Brian (front left) gave the eulogy during the mass. Pic: PA

He first joined the BBC as a camera journalist in 2018, before becoming a consumer affairs correspondent for BBC Scotland in 2020.

The following year he progressed to news presenter, and also lectured in journalism at the University Of West Scotland.

Sheridan had previously also worked as a broadcast journalist at STV, as well as at RTE News as a presenter, reporter and foreign desk reporter.

He presented programmes on BBC Scotland including Drivetime, The Nine and Seven Days, and had written four books, including one on journalism and two children’s books.

His brother told friends and family that Sheridan’s “creative talents knew no bounds” and that his fifth book would be released in the coming months.

Friends and family attended the funeral of the presenter and journalist. Pic: PA
Image: Friends and family attended the funeral of the presenter, journalist and author. Pic: PA

“He spent every free moment of his childhood typing up and hand-delivering local news bulletins and creating short stories, all of which contributed to his success as an author in recent years,” his sibling said.

“He was as much at home in the kitchen arguing over political correctness with dad as he was grilling an unfortunate guest on the couch of Seven Days or The Nine.

“Singing and music were Nick’s greatest gifts, whether performing the lead role in stage musicals or singing in this church at Christmas, his talent shone through and never failed to capture his audience.”

He said he was “a calming voice” in the family but who also “loved the craic the most”.

“Our family has lost its guiding star, but we are so grateful to have had Nick in our lives for 32 years,” he said.

“His star will continue to shine brightly down on us and we will never forget the amazing person he was and is.”

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Staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were praised during the service for the care they gave to Sheridan.

The mass was watched by the BBC Scotland team on a livestream organised by his friends.

Following his death, Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf paid tribute to Sheridan, describing him as an “extremely talented journalist and author”.

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon also described Sheridan as “talented, vivacious, and full of potential”.

Sky News Source