Séamus Mac Géidigh, broadcaster and manager of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s northwest service in Donegal, passed away suddenly yesterday evening at the age of 54. 

Mr Mac Géidigh was from An Ardaí Bheag in Gort an Choirce in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

He had been working with Raidió na Gaeltachta since 1988, and as manager of its northwest service, based in the Doirí Beaga studio, since 2004.

He was passionate about Gaelic football, and was a highly respected commentator on Gaelic Games. 

He is survived by his wife Dolores, his daughters Póilín and Aedín, and his son Dónal.

Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, said: "It is with great great sadness that we learned of the death of Séamus Mac Géidigh. 

"He was a man amongst men, a mentor and champion of his staff here in Doirí Beaga, a community leader, a talented broadcaster, a gifted commentator, a family man and a friend to us all here. 

"This service will be all the poorer for his loss, as will the community in Donegal. 

"He will be sadly and greatly missed.  May he rest in peace. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Dolores, to his children Éadaoin, Dónal and Póilín, and to his relatives and friends."

Commenting on the death, Acting RTÉ Director General Kevin Bakhurst said: "I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of Séamus' death. He was a highly respected journalist and broadcaster and will be greatly missed by colleagues across the organisation. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this time."