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'I told him 'If I have to steal the Sam Maguire it's coming in that gate next year'' - Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh

Having known a less formal GAA, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh has a wealth of memories

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Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘And the first thing he asked me was, “Where was the gym?” And I said, up until now everyone that would come in that door would ask you where is the bar? It had started that time.’ Photo: Gerry Mooney

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘And the first thing he asked me was, “Where was the gym?” And I said, up until now everyone that would come in that door would ask you where is the bar? It had started that time.’ Photo: Gerry Mooney

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘And the first thing he asked me was, “Where was the gym?” And I said, up until now everyone that would come in that door would ask you where is the bar? It had started that time.’ Photo: Gerry Mooney

In 2010, David Coldrick's final whistle brought an end to the football championship and the inter-county broadcasting career of Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

The veteran's valedictory commentary had him declaring Cork as the new football champions before exiting the stage to a blizzard of tributes. He was 80 years old and his performance had lost none of its trademark vibrancy. He could still cut it. Had he wanted to, he could have gone on.

But nobody goes on forever. By then he had been broadcasting for over 60 years, having done his first match in 1949, commentating on the Railway Cup football final. The time had come for the broadcasting Methuselah to retire.