Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said Jimmy Magee’s commentaries were legendary and his breadth of sporting knowledge was unrivalled.
“He was part of the fabric of Irish sport, lived and breathed and would talk and reminisce and recall sport with anyone and everyone,’’ the Taoiseach said.
“And though his voice may now be silent, the wonderful memories brought to us by the memory man himself will live on forever,’’ Mr Varadkar added.
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Fianna Fail leader, Micheál Martin, was rightly remembered as the “memory man’’ because of his knowledge of all sports.
“He was a great quizmaster down through the years involving many sporting clubs,’’ Mr Martin said. He recalled that he had listened to Jimmy Magee’s commentaries since the late 1960s.
Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, extended sympathy to the family and friends of Jimmy Magee. Speaking in Irish, he recalled the old Gaelic adage: “Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.”
Labour leader, Brendan Howlin, said Jimmy Magee had brought enlightenment and entertainment to many people and he would be missed.