GAA world mourns broadcaster Ó Ceallacháin

Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin (left) and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh pictured in 2009.Photo: SPORTSFILE
Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin (left) and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh pictured in 2009. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin, the much-loved and record-breaking GAA radio broadcaster, journalist and author, has passed away at the age of 89.

Ó Ceallacháin will be best remembered for his presenting of the Sunday night GAA results show on RTÉ Radio 1, 'Gaelic Sports Results', from 1948 up until his retirement just two years ago.

He first graced the Radio Éireann airwaves in 1935 as a member of the Scoil Colmchille school choir.

In 1953, he took over from his father Seán Ó Ceallacháin as presenter of Radio 1's GAA results programme on Sundays having worked alongside him for the previous five years.

His voice became hugely familiar to generations of GAA fans worldwide as he revealed a comprehensive list of Gaelic football and hurling results from around the country.

The former dual player, who was associated with the Eoghan Ruadh club in Dublin, famously signed off each night by saying, 'Go mBeannaí Dia díobh go leir'.

Seán Óg retired in May 2011, having also worked for the Evening Press until its closure in 1995. He published a number of books, including 'Giants of Gaelic Football: All-Time Greats', 'The Dubs', 'Tall Tales and Banter' and 'Seán Óg: His Own Story'.

Born in Newcastlewest, County Limerick in 1923, he was brought up in Fairview, Dublin and went on to play for the Dublin senior hurlers in the 1940s and 1950s. He scored a goal in the 1948 All-Ireland final defeat to Waterford.

His sterling work and immense dedication to Gaelic Games broadcasting and RTÉ Radio 1 was acknowledged last year with a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest career in radio sports broadcasting worldwide.

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.

MORE: Listen to his final broadcast (via RTÉ Sport)

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