Magee inducted into Indo Hall of Fame

Local man and veteran sports commentator Jimmy Magee received another major honour over the weekend.

Local man and veteran sports commentator Jimmy Magee received another major honour over the weekend.

The broadcaster was inducted into the Irish Independent Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to sports broadcasting.

Commentating on many of the greatest moments in world and Irish sport, Jimmy has been at the epicentre of Irish sports broadcasting for more than half a century.

Since 1972, Jimmy has covered every summer Olympics and three winter games. The legend has commented on every world cup finals since 1974.

Jimmy is a man who once nearly come to blows with Nigel Benn, declined the offer to play at Augusta, watched Maradona in his teenage years, played with Christy Ring and penned newspaper columns.

Born in New York City in 1936, Jimmy returned home with parent Paddy and Rose before the start of World War II.

Today, Jimmy remains as enthusiastic about sport as he did when he was a youngster, recently launching a book.

It’s true to say that a knee injury he sustained ended his playing career, but football’s loss was broadcasting’s gain.