Death recalls great days of the Jimmy Magee All-Stars in Charleville
THE death of RTE Sports commentator Jimmy Magee (pictured) last week recalled the years that he brought his Jimmy Magee All-Stars football team to Charleville, to play a selection of players organised by local man P. J. O’Gorman in 1984 and again in 1987.
The game was played in the Doctor Mannix Gaelic Sportsfield between a selection of celebrities that contained stars of radio and television along with those from the world of sport.
P. J. recalled that Fr. Brian Darcy and Fr. Michael Clery were there along with Connie Lynch, the manager of the Royal Showband, and footballer Frankie Byrne, who played football with Offaly.
Local man Mixie O’Toole was always included in the local selection. This also featured Tom O’Donnell, T.D. and Minister for the Gaeltacht; Munster and Ireland rugby star Donal O’Flynn and Cork footballer Johnny O’Mahony.
“The late Liam Campbell, another RTE commentator of yesteryear, did the on-field commentary. “The years we had them, Denis Allen of ‘Limerick Your a Lady’ fame, played for the dance in one year and Donie Collins Showband also played the next year. The local band the Golden Memories with Dan Noonan also played on the night,” said P. J.
The games, which always ended in a draw, were in aid of the then Charleville & District Mentally Handicapped Children’s Association and Charleville St. Vincent de Paul Society.
P. J. O’Gorman was at the 50th anniversary of the Jimmy Magee All-Stars which was held in the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan town in 2016, where ne renewed his acquaintance with Jimmy Magee.
During his conversation with Jimmy, P. J. reminded him that the previous time they had met was in Singapore. ‘ That’s right,’ said Jimmy. ‘It was in the Mount Prospect Hotel in Singapore during afternoon tea’. “He also named the day and date,” added PJ.
“He was a great friend and always had time for people. He will be greatly missed and his death leaves a void that will never be filled.”