Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Colm Murray whom he described as “an icon of Irish sports broadcasting and a gentleman to his fingertips.”
Deputy Martin commented: “Colm’s passing is a very sad loss to his wife Anne, their daughters Kate and Patricia and his sister, Mary, and I want to extend my deepest sympathies to them at this difficult time.
“All of us throughout the country identified with Colm. He had an easy manner, an outstanding grasp of sport and a great love and passion for horse racing, the sport he was perhaps most associated with.
“I had the privilege to meet with Colm during his illness and had a great afternoon with him. He regaled me with many stories, mostly to do with sport and some from the world of politics. He was an exceptional raconteur and enlivened many an occasion with the depth of his knowledge and humour.
“Colm battled his illness with fortitude since his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease in 2010.
“Colm had a deep desire to help people who may in the future suffer from the illness. He did a lot to advance the cause of research which will benefit people in the future. His documentary, MND – The Inside Track, helped to bring out into the open the many issues that arise in relation to Motor Neurone Disease. He was extremely appreciative for the medical staff and all the support he received during his illness.
“Colm’s legacy will be a rich one and for many years to come he will remain an inspiration to his family friends and to the public in general.
“Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dílis.”