Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mourners remember Sean Og as 'believer' and 'true voice of GAA'

Family of the late Sean Og O Ceallachain
Family of the late Sean Og O Ceallachain
Sean Og O Ceallachain
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

THE "true voice" of the GAA – legendary broadcaster Sean Og O Ceallachain – was remembered for his contribution to sport and his Christian faith.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and sports broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh were among hundreds of mourners at his removal yesterday.

Joining them were leading figures from the GAA, the media and politics, who paid their respects at Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace church in Raheny, north Dublin.

The chief mourners included his children Finian, Caitriona and Sinead, and extended family and friends.

Mr Ahern was seen walking up the aisle to pay his respects to the family with former Fianna Fail TD and senator Ivor Callely. Following behind them was former Fianna Fail TD Sean Haughey and Independent TD Finian McGrath.

GAA director general Padraic Duffy, Dublin GAA County Board chairman Andy Kettle and veteran Meath GAA star Frankie Byrne were also there.

Mr O Ceallachain boasted the world's longest-ever radio sports broadcasting career, which spanned 63 years and ended when he retired from RTE in May 2011. He died on Sunday at the age of 89.

His longtime friend, Mr O Muircheartaigh said: "Number one, he was a great friend. He was a gregarious type, he liked meeting people and he was never short of a story. Whoever he met, he'd have a story to fit the occasion."

Retired priest Monsignor Colm Gallagher said the late broadcaster had a very strong Christian faith.

"He was never ashamed of the the fact he was a Christian, a true believer and that he prayed and came regularly to Mass here," he said.

Mr O Ceallachain will be buried at Fingal Cemetery following requiem Mass at the church at 10am today.

Irish Independent

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