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Tributes as GAA broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin passes away, at 89

The radio presenter’s voice was familiar to fans of hurling and football for decades.

Sean Óg Ó Ceallacháin.
Sean Óg Ó Ceallacháin.
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

LEGENDARY GAA BROADCASTER Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin has died at the age of 89, RTÉ have confirmed.

A former Dublin dual star, his voice was familiar to hurling and football fans for decades.

Ó Ceallacháin took over the Sunday night results programme from his father in 1948 and retired in 2011. You can listen to his last broadcast here.

“Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin was a legend in sports broadcasting,” Noel Curran, RTÉ director general said today. “On RTÉ Radio 1, he presented one of the longest-running sports results programmes in the world, having joined his father on air in 1948. When he signed off on his last Gaelic Sports Results programme in 2011, it was a momentous moment not only in broadcasting but in the sporting life of the nation. His passing will be acknowledged by the many thousands of listeners for whom Sean Óg’s Sunday night broadcasts were an essential part of our sporting Sundays.”

Game On presenter Damien O’Meara said he was  ”privileged to know and work with a legend but more so a kind and caring gentleman.”

RTÉ Sport’s Darren Frehill added that Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin was “one of the great GAA voices” while Adrian Eames tweeted that  his was “a voice that echoed through the ages.  A lovely man and a real gentleman.”

Sean Óg Ó Ceallacháin is survived by two daughters, a son and their families.

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