Politicians, players praise national treasure
TRIBUTES flowed yesterday for Micheal O Muircheartaigh, that great man of words.
"He is absolutely beloved in all of the 32 counties and he brings pride to people's hearts. He is a figure of pure honour and decency. Wherever he goes, he is a phenomenal ambassador for everything Irish."
-- President Mary McAleese
"He is an unassuming legend and in many ways he has become a treasured national institution. He is also a great gentleman and he has remained the most modest and gracious of men."
-- Taoiseach Brian Cowen
"In his 60-plus years on radio and TV, his voice has come to embody, not just Gaelic games, but the very country and culture of Ireland, to countless thousands of Irish people across the globe."
-- Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore
"Micheal was as important to GAA matches as the football, the sliotar and the players."
-- Fine Gael spokesman for sport John O'Mahony
"Generation after generation involved in the GAA loved his commentary and respect for him knows no age limits or country borders. His breathtaking commentary is listened to the world over."
-- Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny
"The quality and attraction of his commentaries on such a consistent basis down through the years mean his lyrical descriptions are woven into the fabric of our games."
-- GAA President Christy Cooney
"He is a wonderful man and one of the great broadcasters of our time. He has probably travelled every byroad in the country and has been a father figure for players everywhere."
-- Wicklow football manager Mick O'Dwyer
"He is an unbelievable character in terms of his energy and the way he connects with people of all ages. Listening to him gives me goose bumps. He is so special and will be missed by all the players."
-- Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin
"He is one of the most extraordinarily gifted men. He defined Gaelic games in the same way Murray Walker did Formula One, an extraordinary talent."
-- Croke Park director Peter McKenna