'Everyone loved him' - mourners turn out to pay respects to broadcast legend Jimmy Magee
FR Brian D’Arcy, former Republic of Ireland football manager Brian Kerr and well-known businessman Charlie Chawke were among the mourners paying their respects to broadcast legend Jimmy Magee today.
Such was the scope of the lives the much-loved sports commentator touched, that it wasn’t surprising to see such a diverse range of high profile personalities bid farewell as he lay in repose at Fanagan’s funeral home in Dundrum today.
A steady stream of mourners, including old friends and colleagues, left mass cards and other tokens as they paid their respects to the man affectionately known as ‘The Memory Man’ for his incredible ability to recall sports names, dates and places.
His bereaved family, including his children, grandchildren and extended family members, fought back tears as well-wishers shook their hands and offered their condolences in the receiving line.
Mr Chawke, a well-known publican and businessman, said Jimmy was simply a gentleman whom he was honoured to have as frequent visitor to his eatery, The Goat Bar and Grill in Goatstown.
“He was so pleasant, all of the staff loved him,” he said.
“He was a lovely man.”
While restaurant manager Johnny Quilty said Jimmy could take more than ten minutes to get to his table when he came in the door, such was his popularity.
“He would just say hello to everyone,” he said. “And he knew everyone.”
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His passing at the age of 82 following a brief illness has been mourned around the country and beyond.
President Michael D. Higgins led tributes to the legendary sports broadcaster when his death was announced yesterday.
“He reported on some of the most iconic moments in sport, but also had a genuine interest in the human side of everyday sports,” Mr Higgins said.
A large number of mourners are expected at his funeral mass tomorrow.