Thursday 14 December 2017

Ballybritt to go silent in memory of much-loved Colm Murray

Colm Murray broadcasting from the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh racecourse in May 2003
Colm Murray broadcasting from the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh racecourse in May 2003
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

IN memory of much-loved broadcaster Colm Murray, a minute silence in his honour will be held at Ballybrit racecourse this afternoon.

John Moloney, manager at the racecourse in Galway, told the Irish Independent they wish to pay tribute to Murray, who died last night, at the venue where he spent many years commentating from.

“We’ll have a minute silence just before the first race at 5pm. The jockeys will come out and line up as the public announcement will be made of Colm’s passing,” Mr Moloney said.

“We have lost a great reporter in Colm and my sympathies go out to his wife Ann and their two girls,” he told the Irish Independent.

“Colm had a wonderful draw to Galway and his reports, from all the major festivals and smaller race meetings was always to the forefront in RTE sport, regardless where they came from. We’ve lost a great ambassador and I’d like to extend my sympathies to his family.”

The decision was made this morning after the news broke that Murray, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease three years ago, died.

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