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Sunday 16 December 2018

Heffo's friend was a topper on the air and in the square

BRIAN CARTHY was talking hurling to Shay Byrne. Shay remembered the late Sunday nights in RTé.

Seán óg ó Ceallacháin used to be in Montrose compiling all the GAA results of the day.

His programme would have ears all over the world. It spanned the generations.

For over sixty years, Seán óg's velvet voice came through the wireless.

They were the days before twitter, facebook and all the scores popping up on your mobile.

Brian recalled Seán's brilliance as a Dublin hurler and his career as a broadcaster, journalist and author.

Even his great pal and neighbour on the Howth Road, Kevin Heffernan, thought that Seán óg was some man for one man.

Support Hospice

TOP actor, Brendan Gleeson, was on the radio with John Murray. He was praising the work of St Francis Hospice, Raheny, and all the other hospices.

Both Brendan's parents died in Raheny. On match days and nights in Parnell Park, all the proceeds from the programmes go to St Francis Hospice.The great Patsy Kiernan organises the collection. And everytime a few bob lands in the bucket, it's another point over the bar.

Brady a champion

OLIVER BRADY was a member of the Farney Army. Their Ulster SFC title success last season sent him to the moon.

Oliver was one of horse-racing's most colourful characters. Illness lent on his shoulders, but it was a fence he kept jumping.

He turned the winners-enclosure around Ireland into theatres when one of his horses came home. He revelled in the fun. And the crowds loved him for it. He was a charitable man. He helped children get an education in Africa.

"Without an education, what chance have they got," he'd say.

Oliver was a champion of the people. As Ted Walsh remarked, if everybody could live their life like Oliver, their time spent on this earth would have been well spent.

Winner alright.

E-Mail: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net

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