Friday 28 November 2014

Retire? Not a chance, vows RTE veteran Jimmy Magee

Emma Jane Hade

Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30

HE is on the cusp of his 80th birthday, but broadcasting legend Jimmy Magee has vowed that he will never retire.

The RTE veteran, who is set to reach the milestone next February, said that he would have to be "medically forced" to step back from work as he feels as young as ever.

The father-of-five said that he has no plans for any major celebrations for his milestone birthday.

"Not a thing has changed, my head is still the same, and my heart is still the same, honestly. I do really feel that, and that might seem strange," he said.

"The things I have done this year have been quite amazing.

"I've been in Kazakhstan, I have been in Azerbaijan, I was in Brazil for the World Cup and last week I was in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games," he added.

The proud grandfather said that there were a lot of adventures he would like to repeat, and revealed that he was envious of Playboy boss Hugh Hefner's lifestyle and said he dreamed of owning a Harley-Davidson motorbike.

"I'd like to do a lot of things over again. I would go on a final trip around all the places in the world that I loved most of all and do them all again and live there for awhile," he added.

The sporting legend was speaking yesterday at the launch of the 'Big Heart Fight Night Challenge' in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation with boxer turned politician Kenny Egan. The broadcaster said the cause struck a chord with him as he underwent triple bypass surgery several years ago.

Irish Independent

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