The Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin TD has said that the passing of iconic sports broadcaster, Jimmy Magee is a major loss to the world of Irish sport, and has expressed his deepest sympathies to his children, Linda, Mark, June and Patricia.

“Jimmy’s passion for sport, of any description, was legendary. His encyclopaedic knowledge of sports fact and trivia quickly and rightly earned him the nickname of The Memory Man.

“As a boxing fan myself, Jimmy’s commentary of seminal Irish boxing milestones was legendary, in particular the 1992 and 2016 Olympics with Irish boxers claiming many Olympic medals.

“Jimmy encapsulated all that is good in Irish sports broadcasting. A quick wit, he respected the players and they, in turn, respected him.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy’s family at this sad time. He bore the sad loss of his wife, Marie and son, Paul with great dignity.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”