Family only told of decision night before
MICHEAL'S extended family in Dingle first heard of his intention to retire on Wednesday night, hours before it was announced on the airwaves.
Talk of his decision dominated the chat at Presentation Primary School in Dingle yesterday, where his nephew Murt Moriarty teaches.
"It was something that was inevitable at some stage but still there's a huge sense of shock now that it has actually happened,'' Murt told the Irish Independent.
"We did hear a little the night before but it was as late as that. That's Micheal's way, he makes decisions quickly and then sticks to them."
Raidio na Gaeltachta's Micheal O Se said a memory from the past at a function on Friday night may have been a trigger.
"We found an old recording I had made with Micheal's late father Tadhg. We played a small bit of it and he shed a few tears when he heard his father's voice. I think that might have been the turning point," Micheal said.
The Kerry broadcaster has had to fill the great man's shoes commentating on All-Ireland minor matches.