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Friday 15 December 2017

Jimmy was a kind, funny man... with a sharp wit

Jimmy Magee: Broadcaster, journalist 1935-2017

Jimmy Magee, pictured here back in 2006 after receiving the Phonographic Performance Ireland ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ to mark his 50th year in broadcasting, sadly passed away yesterday
Jimmy Magee, pictured here back in 2006 after receiving the Phonographic Performance Ireland ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ to mark his 50th year in broadcasting, sadly passed away yesterday

Jimmy Magee was there for my first international, there for my last and still with me when I moved into television. To say he was one of the greats doesn't quite do him justice.

It was with great sadness that I heard Jimmy had passed away.

He was there for all the great and not so great moments of my career for club and country.

He interviewed me first on the Harry Thuiller sports show on RTE radio and I had the pleasure of working with him as co-commentator for many, many games when I had hung up my boots and stepped back from day to day football life.

As everyone knows, he had a phenomenal memory and when I see all the technology being used to help pundits, analysts and commentators these days, I can't imagine how he did what he did. A never-ending passion for sport was the force which drove him but he loved music too and approached that with the same energy and enthusiasm.

There have been many heartfelt messages of sadness about Jimmy's passing and all of them share one theme.

All agree he was a kind, funny man with a sharp wit who was at his happiest and best celebrating great moments of achievement in the sporting arena.

The world will be a greyer place now that he's gone and I would like to send my condolences to his family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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