The GAA world is in mourning today after the news that legendary Cork GAA figure Paudie Palmer passed away overnight.
A voice synonymous with everything to do with Gaelic games in the Rebel County, he was involved in a tragic road traffic accident on December 29th near his home in Innishannon. He would pass away last night due to the injuries that he suffered in the incident.
Originally from Templenoe in Kerry, he would go on to become to become entrenched in Cork GAA circles after taking a job in St Brogan's College in Bandon.
Over the last 30 years or so, he contributed countless memorable moments in his role as a commentator on C103. By all accounts, he was also one of the nicest people you could ever hope to deal with.
Tributes to Paudie Palmer have been pouring in today from those who were lucky enough to meet him in a professional or personal capacity over the years.
Cork GAA are saddened to hear of the death of Paudie Palmer. Paudie has been a brilliant servant to our games over many years. The press box in Cork and around the country will be a lonely place without his presence. Sympathy to his wife and family at this very sad time. pic.twitter.com/16xsCOOHy8
— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) January 8, 2023
Deeply saddened at the passing of Paudie Palmer, the voice of Gaelic games in Cork for many years.
His sporting knowledge and insights were deep and broad, and people loved to hear his voice and read his columns.
He will be sorely missed by all.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) January 8, 2023
Absolutely devastating news this morning to hear Paudie Palmer has died. Life is incredibly cruel.
A teacher, a brilliant broadcaster & a pure rogue. He’ll be sorely missed from the airwaves in @C103Cork but it’s the real life chats we’ll miss most. He was larger than life. 💔
— Jacqui Hurley (@jacquihurley) January 8, 2023
The loss of Paudie Palmer is tragic and incredibly sad for his family and friends.
His commentary was the stuff of legend and one game involving his adopted club @valleyrovers perfectly encapsulates his blend of humour and quick thinking.
— Denis Hurley (@Denis_Hurley) January 8, 2023
Saddned to hear news of the untimely death of Paudie Palmer . A much loved man and sports broadcaster, he we be sadly missed in Cork Gaa circles on the @C103Cork airwaves and throughout the teaching community. A gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour and turn of phrase. #RIP
— Diarmuid O'Sullivan (@dsully3) January 8, 2023
Such sad news to hear, Paudie Palmer lit up the radio with his commentaries over many years, devastated for his family and wide circle of friends 💔 https://t.co/dvWoNLSd7Z
— Michael Corcoran (@MichaelC_RTE) January 8, 2023
Desperately sad news about Paudie Palmer. Sincere sympathy to his family & massive number of friends. Sleep Easy Paudie. https://t.co/jDJw2Jop69
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) January 8, 2023
Desperately sad news that Paudie Palmer passed away overnight. A colourful, charismatic & charming man that was taken too soon. Well-known as a GAA commentator, he was so much more than that: a friend to so many. And always the rogue. Condolences to his family & friends.
— Kieran McCarthy (@KieranMcC_SS) January 8, 2023
So very sad to hear that Paudie Palmer has passed away. The voice of Cork GAA - such an incredible commentator. My condolences to Paudie’s family and friends, and to his colleagues at 96FM and C103. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. pic.twitter.com/8T2BtIikGN
— Ruairí O'Hagan (@Haganator) January 8, 2023
— Aidan Coleman (@AidanColeman) January 8, 2023
Paudie Palmer RIP. No more words.
— Tony Leen (@tonyleen) January 8, 2023
Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Paudie Palmer. He was an iconic figure to everyone in Cork sporting circles and a gentleman to deal with. RIP
— Darragh McElhinney (@darraghmce) January 8, 2023
Oh no not Paudie Palmer! Literally the voice of my life with Cork GAA. Can’t believe he’s gone. Thoughts with his family, colleagues and friends.
— Joanne O’ Riordan (@JoanneOR_Ox) January 8, 2023
He is survived by his wife Colette, daughters Claire and Emily, grandson Lucas, brothers Denis, John and Richie.
A 32-year-old man has appeared in court and has been remanded in custody on four driving charges relating to the incident, including failing to render appropriate assistance to Mr Palmer following the crash.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.