Michael O'Hehir, the voice of sport in Ireland for many years, is honoured at a special award ceremony in Dublin.

Best known for his GAA commentaries on RTÉ radio and television, Michael O'Hehir's voice is also synonymous with the world of horse racing.

Over the course of six decades Michael O'Hehir was the sporting eyes and ears of a nation.

President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Director General of RTÉ Joe Barry were among the many guests in attendance at a gala dinner to honour the legendary sports commentator.

President Mary Robinson and Michael O'Hehir (1996)
President Mary Robinson and Michael O'Hehir (1996)

Michael O'Hehir with President Mary Robinson and Members of his Family (1996)
Michael O'Hehir with President Mary Robinson and Members of his Family (1996)

Michael O'Hehir successfully auditioned for Radio Éireann when he was just 18 and gave his first commentary on 14 August 1938, when Galway defeated Monaghan in the All-Ireland Football Semi-Final.

An RTÉ News report by Tony O'Donoghue broadcast on 9 November 1996.

Michael O'Hehir died just two weeks later on 24 November 1996.