RTÉ journalist Pat McAuliffe has died at the age of 61.
Hailing from Cork, McAuliffe reported on a variety of sports across the Munster area including football, GAA and rugby.
Along with his work for RTÉ Radio, McAuliffe wrote for The Echo newspaper.
He was also a football referee and was due to take charge of a fixture this evening.
A popular figure in the press box and media circles, tributes have been paid by individuals and organisations with whom he worked.
The FAI are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of veteran broadcaster & journalist Pat McAuliffe
Our sympathies are with the family & friends of a true gentleman and supporter of Irish football #RIP pic.twitter.com/YwSQeq8qmY
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 1, 2019
CONDOLENCES | Waterford FC are saddened at the sudden death of Pat McAuliffe. Pat was an RTE Sport journalist and covered games in Waterford for many years, including just weeks ago at the RSC v Bohs. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.
— Waterford FC (@WaterfordFCie) April 1, 2019
All @CorkCityFC are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Pat McAuliffe. Pat covered City games at all levels for many years. Our sympathies to his friends, family and colleagues. #CCFC84
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) April 1, 2019
Pat McAuliffe was the voice on the PA at Turner's Cross when I first attended Cork City games and I was later lucky to work in his presence.
Always friendly, courteous and helpful and he'd usually have a good stat or two that nobody else would have thought of.
— Denis Hurley (@Denis_Hurley) April 1, 2019
We are deeply saddened at the sudden death of Pat Mcauliffe . Pat was a former Rockmount player and spent many years doing outstanding work as a sports journalist for RTE. Our thoughts at this time are with Pats family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h'anam
— RockmountAFC (@RockmountAFC) April 1, 2019
Shocked to hear of Pat McAuliffe’s passing. He was so helpful in the early days of my career with @BigRedBench offering advice & tips. 13 years later & he was still checking in with me to see how I’m doing & how the job was going. Very sad news.
— Erika Ní Thuama (@Erika_2_me) April 1, 2019
Terribly sad news. Was also at Temple Hill and Musgrave Pk. A really decent man. Thoughts with all his family and friends. Rest In Peace Pat.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) April 1, 2019
The thoughts of everyone at Munster Rugby are with the family, friends & colleagues of @RTESport reporter Pat McAuliffe after his sudden passing.
Pat was a gentleman and a hugely popular presence in press boxes in Munster & across the country.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h'anam pic.twitter.com/zcXgS28JmR
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) April 1, 2019
Thoughts to all who knew and loved and worked with Pat McAuliffe. A warm, kind and funny man who always knew it was only a game. RIP
— david kelly (@dk3lly) April 1, 2019
Totally shocked to learn of the death of my old RTE Cork colleague and friend Pat McAuliffe. We spent many happy years together in Fr Matthew St keeping the sports flag flying. Rest in Peace Pat.
— Michael Corcoran (@MichaelC_RTE) April 1, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the family, friends & colleagues of the late Pat McAuliffe @RTEsport Pat recently was in @fitzgeraldstad covering our league game for RTE. May he rest in peace
— Kerry GAA (@Kerry_Official) April 1, 2019
Cork GAA would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of @RTEsport reporter Pat McAuliffe RIP who has died suddenly. Pat covered Cork games for @rte and was a regular visitor to Pairc Ui Rinn & Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) April 1, 2019
Sad to hear of @RTEsport commentator Pat McAuliffe’s passing
A passionate sportsman, a love of soccer , a dedicated referee , coach of Rochestown GAA as well as a deep knowledge of rugby from his days in @CBC_rugby
Championship Sunday’s will be different
Ar dheis Dé pic.twitter.com/vvlpeR6vhY
— Des Cahill (@CllrDesCahil) April 1, 2019
RIP Pat McAuliffe. Always so encouraging and genuine. An absolute gentleman.
— Cian O'Connell (@oconnc62) April 1, 2019
Deeply saddening news. Pat McAuliffe a gentleman, friend, a proud Cork man, a great broadcaster with that ability to put people at ease and hear their story. Years spent meeting at various sporting grounds and always looked forward to a chat with him. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam
— Des Curran (@Desicurran) April 1, 2019
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