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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Magee proud to join 'mighty, mighty stars' in Hall of Fame

LEGENDARY broadcaster Jimmy Magee said he was "at once proud but slightly embarrassed" at becoming the latest member of the Irish Independent's prestigious Hall of Fame.

"What a wonderful honour. I can't believe I've been given it and wonder how I can possibly join such a list of mighty, mighty stars,'" said RTE's 77-year-old 'Memory Man'.

"I loved everything that happened in sport in 2012 and will continue to love it," said the Louth man, whose plan to become a pharmacist had to be shelved in his early teens when his father died and he became the family breadwinner at just 15.

His working life started on the railways but he quickly found his true vocation with RTE and his career has also included earning over €2.5m for charity through the Jimmy Magee All Stars football team.

"My ambitions are to be around for the next Olympic Games in 2016, to go to Brazil for the next World Cup and to see the next 23 All- Ireland finals in hurling, football, camogie and women's football," he said. "The trick in life is always to be looking forward and that is what I do."

Magee has covered every Olympic Games since 1972 as well as three Winter Games and has commentated on every World Cup finals since 1974.

He underwent a heart bypass in 1999, but remains as enthusiastic about sport as ever and was particularly delighted to commentate on Katie Taylor's victory in London last summer as boxing is a sport that he has always championed.

Magee, who dedicated his award to his late son Paul, is the 18th person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which also features Christy O'Connor Snr, Tom Kiernan, Jack Kyle, Mick O'Connell, Mick O'Dwyer, Ronnie Delany, John Giles, Charlie Hurley, Maeve Kyle and Sean Boylan.

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