DONEGAL IS in mourning after the sudden passing of respected radio personality and Gaelic games commentary Séamus Mac Géidigh.
From Ardsbeg in Gortahork, Mr Mac Géidigh died yesterday after falling ill whilst out walking near his home in west Donegal.
Earlier yesterday, he presented the Barrscealta programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
He was the regional manager of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Derrybeg and was best known for his work as a Gaelic games commentator on the station.
On Saturday evening, he called the Donegal-Monaghan Ulster SFC semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.
The Donegal senior football team manager, Rory Gallagher, has led the tributes to the late Mr Mac Géidigh.
“We were training last night when the word came through. We were shocked and saddened by the loss of Séamus,” Gallagher said.
“The memory of Séamus for myself and the players was of seeing him in the tunnel in Breffni Park on Saturday night and he had such a genuine, warm smile, as he had after every Donegal victory.
“He wasn’t a man that I knew well, but I’d have met him a good few times and he was always very heartfelt and genuine whether we won or lost. Séamus was a true gentleman.”
Séamus succeeded Edel Ní Chuireáin as station manager at RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and was held in high esteem by colleagues in the media.
Séamus began working with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in January 1988. He was producer of Barrscealta from 1996 to 2004. After being appointed as regional manager in 2004, he chose to continue as a sports commentator.
His last game was the Donegal-Monaghan fixture on Saturday night. Last month, he also commentated on the Republic of Ireland v Belgium game at Euro 2016.
He was heavily involved in his local community with Coiste Pobal Ghort a’ Choirce.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores, son Donal and daughters Aideen and Pauline.
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