Death re­calls great days of the Jimmy Magee All-Stars in Charleville

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.”

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