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Tributes Pour In For Late Jimmy Magee & France Increase Rugby World Cup Bid

: 09/20/2017 - 17:27

Tributes have been paid by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins, by national and international sports figures and from politics for legendary sports broadcaster  Jimmy Magee who has died, aged 82.

He was born in New York City and raised in Cooley, Co Louth.

Known as the Memory Man, he commentated on 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups.

In 2006 he was presented with a PPI Outstanding Achievement Award to mark his 50th year in broadcasting.

From the 60's onwards, his Jimmy Magee Showbusiness All Stars raised tens of thousands of pounds through football games around the country

In the 90's, he co-commentated regularly with Pat Costello in Croke Park for CKR FM, the predecessor of Kfm.  In fact, he, also, in the early noughties made similar contributions to Kfm, plus interviews on his life and times, live in studio, with Clem Ryan on the Kildare Today show (with whom he had, previously worked with in CKR FM and RTE Sport and with Ciara Plunkett on Kildare Focus, during which the two danced in studio.

In the last year, he toured his autobiography with shows at venues around the country, managed and promoted by Kfm's Pat Costello. Only two weeks ago, at the Kerry/Mayo replay, Jimmy and Pat discussed touring the Show again.


Joe Canning, Jamie Barron and Kevin Moran are the nominees for the 2017 Hurler of the Year award.

Conor Whelan, Mark Coleman and Conor Gleeson are the nominees for Young Hurler of the Year.

Galway lead the way with 14 nominees.

Jonathan Glynn is the only starter from the All-Ireland final not to receive a nomination.

Waterford have 11 nominees, while semi-finalists Cork and Tipperary get 8 and 5 respectively.

Wexford have 4, Kilkenny 2 and Clare 1.

The winners will be announced at Dublin's Convention Centre on Friday, November 3rd.

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Sunday's All-Ireland final win over Mayo.

He could be out of action for as long as nine months.


France is willing to pay World Rugby £150 million pounds as a hosting fee to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup, overpaying the standard fee by £30million pounds sterling.

The host nation must pay the governing body £120 million pounds to stage the tournament, but France has offered an additional £30million as it tries to edge out Ireland and South Africa in the battle to win hosting rights. 

Ireland, France, South Africa have submitted formal bids for the 2023 tournament.


Tonight’s local GAA fixtures

Haven Hire  Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final

Venue: Celbridge, Naas V Maynooth 20:00,  

Haven Hire Minor A Hurling Championship Round 2

Venue: Naas, Eire Og Corra Choill V Celbridge 19:30


There's an eight race card at Fairyhouse.

2.25, No 7 Three and Four Pence 1/2f

3pm, No 2, Solar Wave 6/1

3.30, No 1, Brick by Brick 5/1

4.05, No 7, Focus on Heaven 4/1

4.40, No 6, Bubbly Bellini 13/2

5.10, No 14, Covetous 5/1, trained by former Kildare centre fielder Willie McCreery




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