Earlier this morning, the sad news broke of the passing of RTE presenter and broadcaster Colm Murray.
According to RTE, the much-loved and widely-recognised sports aficionado has passed away at the age of 61 following a very brave, long and arduous battle with motor-neuron disease which he was diagnosed with three years ago.
Of course, Colm will always be known for his key role as sports newsreader on the national broadcaster’s 6-1 news show as he delivered the sports news directly to people’s living rooms evening after evening.
In particular, his avid interest in horse racing will mean that area of punditry is likely to feel an even stronger pang of sadness than most other sports in Ireland today.
The Westmeath man who was a constant fixture of the RTE newsroom for many years is sure to be missed by those close to him as much, as he’s been missed from our screens ever since his debilitating condition unfortunately took hold.
Naturally, the outpouring of emotion has been great from colleagues, friends and fellow professionals alike as many have taken to twitter to voice their sadness and distress at his untimely and deeply sad passing:
RIP the legendary Colm Murray.A fantastic colleague with a hearty, infectious laugh..a bundle of energy..& the worst racing tips in Ireland.
— Des Cahill, RTE (@sportsdes) July 30, 2013
Saddened to learn of the death of RTE's Colm Murray. An absolute gentleman, who was full of energy, enthusiasm, optimism and life. RIP
— john burns (@JohnBurnsST) July 30, 2013
I feel like a fraud as I only ever met him once, but awfully sad to read of the passing of Colm Murray. My thoughts are with his family.
— Rick O'Shea (@rickoshea) July 30, 2013
No doubt, the tributes are going to continue to pour in for the gentle sports analyst and pundit as the day continues on, as it becomes more and more clear just how many people’s lives he touched both at work, and personally throughout his six decades of life.