Tuesday 21 October 2014

'Memory Man' Jimmy is on song for charity single

Jimmy with grandchildren Sarah (left) (11) Paul (5) and Sinead (8) for the launch of Jimmy's single ‘These Old Eyes Have Seen It All’ in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Arthur Carron

IT was an emotional evening for broadcaster Jimmy Magee as he launched his charity single 'These Old Eyes Have Seen It All' in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Jimmy's son Paul died after a two-year battle with the illness in 2012.

"There are a lot of emotions; I lost my son to this illness when he was just 49 and my wife Marie died 25 years ago today. So there are a lot of memories in my head," he told the Irish Independent.

Jimmy told of how distressing it was to have had to see his son deteriorate.


"The deterioration was rapid; arms, legs, feet, hands, voice, until for the last five months of his life, he couldn't speak, couldn't shake his head, and couldn't point a finger. It's an awful disease – everything goes, the last thing to go is your brain," he said.

The sports commentator (79) known as 'The Memory Man' added: "I still feel close to Paul. He's probably out there now laughing at me, saying: 'Ah Jaysus Dad, this single is terrible. I can't believe it.'

"But if it raises awareness that's the important thing."

The single will be available to buy exclusively at Heatons stores from tomorrow for €3.

Irish Independent

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