Kerry’s Legendary Gaelic Games commentator, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, has announced that he will commentate on his last GAA game next Sunday when Cork face Down in the football final at Croke Park.
Micheál did his first commentary during the 1949 Railway Cup Final, But stayed teaching until the 1980′s when Mícheál O’Hehir retired from broadcasting and Ó Muircheartaigh took over as RTÉ Radio 1′s premier radio commentator.
‘I decided maybe the time to go is when you’re still enjoying it. I’ve been at it a long time; it’s been most enjoyable and a privilege to be in that position.’ he told Morning Ireland listeners
‘There’s only a while in everything. Sin mar a tá an scéal.’
It’s expected that he will commentate on the International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia in October.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana lauded the unique and hugely significant contribution of a man indelibly linked to our games and wished him well when he does hang up his microphone.
He said: “As if Sunday’s football final prospect wasn’t enticing enough there is the added attraction of being able to say that you were in Croke Park or that you listened to what will be the last final commentary of a legendary broadcaster.
“The quality and attraction of his commentaries on such a regular and consistent basis down through the years mean his lyrical descriptions are woven into the fabric of our games.
“His undimmed passion for football, hurling and camogie and all the trappings of our big occasions, have entertained the masses across the airwaves and have brought the action from Croke Park, Thurles, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Clones, Castlebar and so many other venues into homes and centres where Irish people gather right around the world.
“He is synonymous with the ebb and flow of our matches and the unique relationship he forged with both players and managers, who held him in such high regard, provided him with a unique insight.
“People often wondered on the retirement of Micheál Ó Hehir how he would be replaced in the commentary box? I think we are entitled to ponder over whom it is that will attempt to fill Micheál’s shoes when his commentary duties end.
“Míle buíochas a Mhícíl agus go mairfidh tú an céad.’