The late Colm Murray – A year on but never forgotten

30.07.14

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

 

colm-murrayA year ago today, the legendary RTÉ sports broadcaster, Colm Murray died after a brave three year fight with Motor Neuron disease.

The 61-year old was fondly remembered for his sports coverage and especially his first love of horse racing. Colm will forever and undoubtedly be affiliated with horse racing, where his knowledge of the sport combined with his affectionate personality made the sport worthwhile to all concerned. From Cheltenham to Punchestown, the Curragh to Fairyhouse, the Westmeath native was the voice and face of racing for the legion of fans of the sport. Apart from horse racing, Colm covered a wide range of top class national and international sporting events, including the Olympics and Paralympics in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, which Colm himself regards as his finest moment of his distinguished sports broadcasting career.

A special tribute to the late great Colm Murray was made at the Galway Races in Ballybrit yesterday morning, where the large crowd stood in silence which highlighted the enormous show of respect that the racing community had for Colm and his family. “The Galway Race Committee would like to remember a wonderful friend today and recognise the huge role Colm played in bringing the sport of Kings to a huge audience,” the message read at the racecourse.

Sources: RTÉ.ie, Independent.ie

Images: RTÉ.ie

Video: RTÉ official YouTube channel