Sports commentator recalls his audition
'The Late Late Show' hosted a special birthday tribute to Michael O'Hehir on 31 May 1975. The sports commentator was due to turn 55 on 2 June, so host Gay Byrne decided to surprise him by inviting him on the show as a guest only to reveal that the whole evening was dedicated to him.
In this extract, O'Hehir talks about his audition to be a commentator while still at school, and about advice he got from the BBC's Tommy Woodroffe on practising in the bath.
O'Hehir was born in Dublin in 1920.He successfully auditioned for Radio Éireann when he was 18 and gave his first commentary on 14 August 1938, when Galway defeated Monaghan in the All-Ireland Football Semi-Final. His voice was to become synonymous with radio coverage of hurling and football, and his broadcasts were important to the thousands of people who gathered around radio sets in the 1940s and 1950s in Ireland and abroad. He covered major GAA matches from 1938 until 1985, when illness prevented him from covering his 100th All-Ireland final. O'Hehir died in Dublin in 1996.
This edition of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 31 May 1975.