“Voice of Irish Racing” Colm Murray Dies

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A look back at the career of broadcaster Colm Murray following his death on 30 July 2013.

  • Title
    Death of Colm Murray
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/07/2013
  • Contributor
    Sharon Ní Bheoláin (Newscaster)
    Bryan Dobson (Newscaster)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:15
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    “Voice of Irish Racing” Colm Murray Dies
  • Extended description

    Sharon Ní Bheoláin reports on tributes paid to the broadcaster Colm Murray following his death. Enda Kenny described him as “the voice of Irish racing”. Bryan Dobson takes a look back at his career, with TV clips of Colm Murray’s horse-racing commentary and interviews with Colm following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease.


    Colm Murray was born in Moate, Co. Westmeath in 1952. He worked as a teacher before becoming a radio continuity announcer in RTÉ in 1978. While in radio, he presented 'Hospitals' Requests'. He joined the RTÉ newsroom in 1983 and moved into Six One Sport in 1989. As a sports commentator, he specialised in horse-racing, and was given a 'Contribution to the Industry Award' by Horse Racing Ireland in 2010.


    In 2010 Colm Murray was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. His condition was the subject of the 2012 RTÉ1 documentary 'MND: The Inside Track' and he won a 'People of the Year' award later in 2012 for his efforts to find a cure.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report for the Six One News by Bryan Dobson, introduced by Sharon Ní Bheoláin. It was broadcast on 30 July 2013.

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ, History of RTÉ, Obituaries, Colm Murray, Enda Kenny, Sharon Ní Bheoláin, Bryan Dobson, Sports commentary, Sports commentators, Horse racing, Horse Racing Ireland, Hospitals' Requests, Motor neurone disease, mnd, Mnd: the Inside Track, People of the Year
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2013
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    13LTO26
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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