Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘I’m well enough. I don’t worry about anything’
At 89, the legendary broadcaster retains his unique zest for life – and Gaelic games
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh promoting My Legacy and 65 Irish charities to launch a nationwide appeal to the public to leave a legacy gift to charity in their will. Photograph: Keith Arkins
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh after being awarded an honorary doctorate of law by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, pictured with his grandson Leonidas Kalaitzidis (4) at the National Gallery in 2006. Photograph: Eric Luke
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh in the kitchen of his home in Co Meath. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh on his start in commentating: ‘The test happened by chance.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘I’ve seen 77 senior All-Ireland football finals, if you count replays. And I’ve seen much the same in hurling, counting the five or six replays. I don’t miss it, because I’m still going to the matches.’ Photograph: Eric Luke
In the room where Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is waiting there is a table laden with stuffed sandwiches and pastries and a scattering of fruit. He stands upright and strong to meet me and puts down a plate of freshly sliced orange.
“You’re keeping yourself trim,” he says, beating me to the first compliment. The handshake is firm and bony and both an honour and a pleasure.