Fond memories as friends and family bid Jimmy farewell
Father Brian D'Arcy, former Ireland soccer manager Brian Kerr, businessman Charlie Chawke and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin were among the mourners paying their respects to broadcast legend Jimmy Magee yesterday.
Such was the scope of the lives the much-loved sports commentator touched that it was no surprise to see such a diverse range of high-profile personalities bid farewell as he lay in repose at Fanagans Funeral Home in Dundrum.
A steady stream of mourners, including old friends and colleagues, left Mass cards and other tokens of their affection as they paid their respects to the man affectionately known as "memory man" for his incredible ability to recall sports names, dates and places.
His bereaved family, including his children, grandchildren and extended family members, fought back tears as well-wishers shook their hands and offered their condolences.
Mr Chawke, a well-known publican and businessman, said Jimmy was a gentleman he felt honoured to have as frequent visitor to his eatery, The Goat Bar and Grill in Goatstown.
"He was so pleasant, all of the staff loved him," he said.
"He was a lovely man."
Mr Chawke's daughter Jenny, who often had the pleasure of taking his order, said Jimmy wasn't a fussy eater.
"He had a small appetite and he was easy to please," she said.
His favourite dish was fish, and she added: "He loved chowder and anything to do with fish."
Restaurant manager Johnny Quilty said Jimmy could take more than 10 minutes to get to his table when he came in, such was his popularity.
"He would just say 'hello' to everyone," he said. "And he knew everyone."
The "memory man" will be laid to rest today at Church of St Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud.