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Tributes to the late Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin

17 February: Noel Curran, Director-General, RTÉ, has paid tribute to the late broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin. The well-known sports journalist and broadcaster has passed away aged 89 years.

"Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin was a legend in Sports broadcasting," he said. "On RTÉ Radio 1, he presented one of the longest-running sports results programmes in the world, having joined his father on air in 1948. When he signed off on his last Gaelic Sports Results programme in 2011, it was a momentous moment not only in broadcasting but in the sporting life of the nation. His passing will be acknowledged by the many thousands of listeners for whom Sean Óg's Sunday night broadcasts were an essential part of our sporting Sundays."

Clare Duignan, MD RTÉ Radio, said: "Sean Óg first broadcast on Radio Éireann in 1935 as part of the Scoil Colmchille school choir and took over the Sunday night GAA results show from his father, Seán Ó Ceallacháin, in 1948. His voice became not only a familiar staple to the general sporting audience, but synonymous with Gaelic Games for over 60 years. His was a unique voice, with a unique place in Irish life."

Mr Ó Ceallacháin's colleagues in RTÉ Radio sport also paid tribute. Broadcaster Darren Frehill said that Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin was "one of the great GAA voices." Adrian Eames said that his was "a voice that echoed through the ages. A lovely man and a real gentleman." RTÉ 2fm's Damien O'Meara said that he had been "privileged to know and work with a legend but more so a kind and caring gentleman."

Mr Ó Ceallacháin is survived by his son, two daughters and their families