Wednesday 26 October 2016

Micheál was a proud son of Armagh

Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30

Micheál McGeary
Micheál McGeary

Micheál McGeary never wavered in his belief that Armagh would eventually win the All-Ireland senior football title.

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As a sports journalist, he covered the travails of his native county through many frustrating years, but never lost hope that their luck would turn.

And then came release day on that famous September Sunday in 2002 when Armagh was sucked into a vortex of emotion after the win over Kerry in the All-Ireland final.

"Told you it would happen - we always knew it would," he remarked contentedly.

Micheál, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career in sports journalism, mostly with the Irish News and Sunday Life, died last weekend, leaving those of us who worked with him at various events at home and abroad over many years feeling a real sense of sadness at the loss of a gentle soul.

I knew Micheál since 1979 and while much of our work centred on GAA, we also shared in the great experience that was the unforgettable Barry McGuigan adventure as he progressed from brilliant amateur to world featherweight champion on that famous June night in London in 1985.

Micheál also covered rugby but he was always most comfortable in GAA surrounds, where his passion for Gaelic football, in particular, was underlined by the diligent and dedicated way he went about his work.

May he rest in peace.

Irish Independent

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