Mick Dunne had been Gaelic games correspondent for the 'Irish Press' for thirteen years before he joined RTÉ in 1970. As RTÉ's first GAA correspondent, he was a presenter, reporter and commentator on football, hurling and handball. Dunne had a reputation for being a meticulous record-keeper of the games he covered. After many All-Ireland finals, he was the first in the dressing room to interview the winners.
Mick Dunne died in August 2002. His obituary in The Irish Times noted that his "strengths as a reporter were his reliability, accuracy and dogged sense of fairness."
The accompanying photograph shows RTÉ sports commentator Mick Dunne at Croke Park, Dublin on 24 June 1984. This photograph was taken by Thomas Holton.
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A typical Mick Dunne commentary on the 1979 All-Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Galway.
During the 1983 All-Ireland Senior Football Final, Mick Dunne does not hold back in his description of this bad-tempered game between Dublin and Galway.