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Tributes Flood In After Passing Of Legend Jimmy Magee

Tributes Flood In After Passing Of Legend Jimmy Magee

News broke on Wednesday morning that RTÉ sports commentator Jimmy Magee has sadly passed away at the age of 82. He was said to have been ill for some time.

Magee was a national treasure; a voice who will long be fondly remembered and long associated with sports broadcasting in Ireland.

Tributes have been paid to Magee who first began working with RTÉ in 1956.

President Michael D. Higgins described Magee's love of sports as 'deeply infectious'.

I have learned with sadness of the death of the legendary sports broadcaster, Jimmy Magee.

His contribution of more than 60 years of sports broadcasting is immense and earned him the deserved moniker of the “Memory Man”.

He reported on some of the most iconic moments in sport but also had a genuine interest in the human side of everyday sports.

His encyclopaedic knowledge of the world of sport enabled audiences to “Know Your Sport” and his love for sports, in particular boxing, Gaelic and soccer, was deeply infectious – as were his persuasive powers, which he demonstrated so ably when coaxing sporting heroes out of retirement for the All Stars football games and music evenings in Ballyjamesduff.

Sabina and I express our condolences to his daughters and son, his wider family and friends. He will be missed by all those who appreciate and care for the world of sports.

Several Irish footballers have paid their respects.

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As have GAA players.

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And other sports people who were the subject of his words through the years.

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His RTÉ colleagues and other journlists have also been kind with their words.

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Politicians and sporting bodies have also paid their respects.

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Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

See Also: Des Cahill Pays Emotional Radio Tribute To Memory Man Jimmy Magee

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