Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Boy Commentator

In 1938, when the inimitable Míchéal Ó hEithir (Michael O'Hehir) burst on the Irish Broadcasting scene, the following appeared in the Clare Champion on 1/10/38:
The GAA Boy Commentator
Our readers will be interested to learn that Míchéal Ó hEithir, the youthful commentator, who has been the subject of so many encomiums for his broadcasting of the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and Football Final, springs from Clare stock.

Some of his forebearers were outstanding figures in National, Educational and Athletic spheres. His father, Jim Hehir, was born near Ballynacally, and was the trainer of the Clare Hurling Team in 1914, when they won All-Ireland honours. 
Michael himself has just obtained his Intermediate Leaving Certificate. He has attended the July session at Carrigaholt Irish college for some years, and spends his Summer holidays at the residence of his aunt, Mrs. Brennan of Clonmore, Darragh.

His many friends in the Banner County are pleased with his achievements and hope that it is a prelude to a very successful career.
Almost ten years on, a still youthful Míchéal Ó hEithir pictured with Cavan and Kerry team captains, John-Joe O'Reilly and Dinny Lyne, on the occasion of the 1947 All-Ireland Final at the Polo Grounds, New York which was broadcast across the Atlantic.

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