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Retired broadcast legend now on course to enjoy more golf

Published 09/05/2011 | 05:00

Sean Og O Ceallachain: his 63 years on radio set a world record. gareth chaney/collins

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AFTER 63 years on the air, his mind is turning from GAA to golf.

Veteran broadcaster Sean Og O Ceallachain, who made his last broadcast on RTE radio last night, plans to use his retirement time catching up with his grandchildren and great-grandchild and playing golf.

Mr O Ceallachain's final announcement of the GAA results on Radio 1 came just four days before he turns 88.

He will also enter the 2012 'Guinness Book of Records' for the longest career in radio sports broadcasting anywhere in the world.

"I plan to spend my time with my children, my five grandchildren Lisa, Shane, Conor, Aisling and Rachel and my great grandchild James," he told the Irish Independent last night.

"I will also continue playing golf at the Hermitage club in Lucan, Co Dublin, and continue to support the Dublin GAA teams."

Mr O Ceallachain first cut his teeth as a broadcaster in 1935 as part of the Scoil Colmchille school choir.

But it wasn't until 1948, when the Limerick-born and Dublin-reared journalist and author took over the Sunday night GAA results programme from his father Sean, that he established himself as one of the defining voices of Gaelic games.

Mr O Ceallachain represented Dublin in hurling from 1943 to 1953 and played in the All-Ireland Final of 1948, scoring a goal against Waterford, although the team was defeated.

He also played in the 1946 National League Final against Clare but the Dublin team was also beaten in that match.

"Playing in an All-Ireland is everyone's dream," he said.

"The other highlight was interviewing one of the best hurlers ever, Christy Ring, in the late 1950s."

Paying tribute to Mr O Ceallachain, RTE director general Noel Curran said: "Sean Og has been not only an asset and a treasure to RTE and to the GAA, but to the Irish public as a whole."

Irish Independent

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