Thursday 9th December last was a proud moment for the Dublin Institue of Technology who celebrated the work of a legend of Irish radio commentating. Lecturers and students from the school of meida and Irish language department gathered at the DIT Aungier Street to honour the recently retired Gaelic Games commentator Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh.
The eighty year old a native of Dunsion, Co. Kerry, this year commentated on his last All Ireland final after more than sixty years with National Broadcaster RTE. Mícheal was presented with a special DIT award from Oifig na Gaeilge and the school of media by Dr. Nora French, head of the school of media, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of the Irish language and to journalism.
Íte Ní Chionnaith, senior lecuterer in the Irish school of media and Siobhán Nic Gaoithín were then on hand to pay tributes to the celebrated broadcaster. Mícheal, a native Irish speaker, has become a house hold name over the years with his distinctive voice and jovial nature making him one of the most famous broadcasters that the country has ever known.
Upon accepting the award Mícheal expressed his delight to be honoured by the Inistitue in such fashion and he congratualated DIT on their acheivements to date in Journalism, Media and the Irish language. Mícheal was also more than willing to launch “CUMARSAID 2010” the annual Irish language newspaper compiled by third year journalism students and he wished the aspiring journalists in the school of media every success in their future careers. A well known advocate for
the continued use and promotion of the Irish language, Mícheal was also commended the youth of today who maintain efforts to keep Irish alive and he has always offered his advice and help to Irish and media students.