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Friday 29 August 2014

Tributes paid to broadcaster Murray

Published 01/08/2013 | 15:24

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A portrait of RTE presenter Colm Murray rests on his coffin at his funeral at St Gabriels Church in Dollymount, Dublin
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen attended the service to remember the broadcaster
Mourners lined the street outside St Gabriels Church in Dollymount to pay their respects

One of Ireland's best-known sports broadcasters has been remembered as an enthusiastic and articulate reporter gifted with a marvellous memory and unique voice.

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Hundreds of family and friends paid their respects to Colm Murray, who died on Monday after a three-year battle against motor neurone disease.

His grieving widow Ann, daughters Patricia and Kate and sister Mary were joined by scores of familiar faces from the world of broadcasting, politics and sports.

Murray, 61, was diagnosed with the fatal neurological disorder in March 2010.

Chief celebrant Fr Jimmy Murray said the commentator had touched so many lives in so many ways and praised his extraordinary television documentary, where he "gave a courageous insight in to life with one of the cruellest and destructive conditions".

"His determination to raise awareness of this little known but terrible illness touched the lives of all who saw that programme," he told a packed St Gabriel's Church in Dollymount, north Dublin.

Last year Murray - best known for his horse racing coverage - was recognised with a People of the Year Award for his work in highlighting the debilitating disease.

Even when he could no longer speak, the former commentator maintained his lovely smile and razor sharp mind, Fr Murray said.

In a moving eulogy, Kate told mourners her father always knew the importance of friendship and never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

"Our dad loved people, he loved meeting people and talking to people at any opportunity he could," she said tearfully. "Sometimes the journey from the car to the race track could be absolutely endless. But that was our dad. While he had a certain talent for exasperating people at times, to Patricia and myself he really was the best dad in the world."

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