Former Mayo senior Gaelic football team manager John O'Mahony has paid tribute to Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh on the occasion of his retirement. He said Micheál transcended GAA broadcasting and was without peer.
O'Mahony added that his favourite memory of Micheál commentating was at the end of the 1994 Connaught Final where he spoke of Leitrim people watching 'from the veranda of heaven'.
He elaborated: "Micheál was as important to GAA matches as the football, the sliótar and the players.
"He transcended his position as a commentator. In an era when relations between the press and sports people can be an issue, it was never an issue with Micheál.
"His love of Gaelic football and hurling was there for all to see and hear and he was loved all over the world as well as at home.
"Every person in the GAA has their favourite memory of Micheál. Personally, I remember the final few moments of Leitrim's victory in the 1994 Connaught final when Micheál described how not only were Leitrim people in Croke Park and Leitrim people all over the world watching this but Leitrim people were watching from the veranda of heaven.
"Micheál is truly the only person who could commentate to anywhere in this world and beyond," added O'Mahony.