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25th Jun 2024

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh dies aged 93

Simon Kelly

A true icon of the GAA.

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh has passed away at the aged of 93.

It was announced that Ó Muircheartaigh died in the Mater Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.

Born in Dún Síon near Dingle, Co Kerry, in 1930, Ó Muircheartaigh was known as the ‘Voice of the GAA’ with many around the country growing up listening to his iconic voice.

His first all-Irish commentary gig for the national broadcaster was on the Railway Cup Final on St Patrick’s Day 1949.

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh dies aged 93

Starting out as a teacher, Ó Muircheartaigh became RTÉ Radio 1’s premier radio commentator in 1985, after the retirement of Míchael O’Hehir.

He commentated on his last All-Ireland final in 2010, which featured Cork’s win over Down, retiring from broadcasting in October of that year.

Speaking in 2010 ahead of his retirement, he said his work “enabled me to meet and get to know generations of great sportsmen and women and many of those associated with them”.

“It was an honour for me to be at the source of this wonderful entertainment, to be part of a continuous and successful venture,” he said.

He is survived by his wife, Helena, his three sons, five daughters, grandchildren and extended family.

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