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Donegal GAA and Press colleagues pay tribute to Séamus Mac Géidigh

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 5th Jul

Tá cara agus laoch ar lár. Is é Séamus Mac Géidigh a spreag mé le tús a chur le mo shaol craoltóireachta agus mé ag éisteacht leis mar ghasúr óg.
Thar gach rud eile, chur sé comhairle nach beag orm agus threoraigh mé mar Chraoltóir agus thráchtaire spóirt agus is amuigh ar na páirceanna peile sin is mó a bheas cuimhne agam ar Shéamus.

Cara lách, cineálta, uasal agus Gael go smior.
Go dtugaidh Dia dídean agus foscadh na bhflaitheas dá anam uasal.

Damien Ó Dónaill
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta


Donegal has lost one of life’s true gentlemen. We will remember him from the press box as a man who was always courteous and helpful and a true friend. In my 26 years involved in the press corps, I have not met a more gentle person, who had the greatest talent of communicating in the teanga náisiúnta. His passing, at such a young age, is just hard to take in. My sympathy to his wife, Dolores; daughters Éadaoin and Póilín; son Dónall; the extended family and also the Ráidió na Gaeltachta family. Ni bheidh a leithéid ann arís.”

Peter Campbell
Sports Editor, Donegal Democrat


News of the death of Séamus Mac Géidigh came as a total shock. We heard the news five minutes before the start of our County Committee meeting in the Villa Rose Hotel on Monday night. Like many others, I was lucky enough to speak with him briefly on Saturday evening in Breffni Park at the end of the Ulster semi-final against Monaghan and he surely had a beaming smile on his face following a great win for his beloved Donegal. He was a true Gael and a great supporter of everything GAA in the county. My many encounters with him came primarily in his role as a representative of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, who were the proud sponsors of the Donegal Senior and Reserve Football Championships for 10+ years. Séamus was always there covering our club and county games, County Committee meetings and other GAA events. He will be a tremendous loss to his wife Dolores, children, extended family, friends, work colleagues and the members of his local Cloich Cheann Fhaola club. Any time I met him, he came across as a warm, engaging and a very sincere person who always made time for a quick chat.

He was a great commentator of our Gaelic Games and for someone like me and many others with only a medium grasp of the Irish language, I was still able to follow him and the football or hurling game that he described for his audience. He was a tremendous promoter of the Irish Language and Culture for the GAA, something he did very quietly without many people being aware of it. The reaction of the GAA world is one of total shock with the sudden passing of a man so young. He was such a well recognised face at GAA events all over the country. We observed a minute’s silence and a prayer was said prior to our Committee meeting on Monday night to remember a true gentleman and a friend to many that will be sorely missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm uasal.

Seán Ó Duinnín,


CLG Dhún na nGall.



It was with great sadness and disbelief when the news came through about Seamus. Since starting out as a budding sports commentator Seamus had been there to help me out in anyway he could.

It was quite often myself and Seamus would compare notes like many of the radio broadcasters would do and last Saturday when Donegal took on Monaghan wasn’t any different.
As my Irish was never great I always had Seamus on stand by to do his weekly translation for me along with some interesting fact about the club or player I would be asking about.

To say he was a professional at his job was a under statement

You will be sadly missed by all of us in the media along with your passion & pride you had not only in your work but in your club & county.

Pauric Hilferty
‘Ocean Fm Sports Commentator’
chuid eile i síocháin

I first met Seamus a few weeks after taking up employment as a Sports Reporter in 1990. Generous with his time, Seamus was not only a great journalist but also a lovely man. He set a standard that we all aspire to and one that we will never stop trying to reach. Hugely respected in his native Donegal and beyond, he was a man of deep intellect and principle.
One of life’s true gentlemen, the Donegal press box will be much the poorer with his passing.
Harry Walsh
Sports Editor Donegal News

It was with great sadness that I learned of Séamus’ death on Monday night.

As a young reporter starting off my career, Séamus was always friendly and welcoming when I met him in the press box.
He was warm and courteous to everyone, and I felt that he had a lovely way of dealing with people.

I admired him for his journalistic skills and his attention to detail was something that really caught my eye. He rarely got a player’s name wrong and his commentaries were exciting, yet always balanced.

I stood beside Séamus earlier this year at a Gaeltacht game between Milford and Gaoth Dobhair, and his love of the game really came across that afternoon.

It was a miserable February day in Magheragallon, with not a lot at stake, but Séamus still treated the match with the utmost profressionalism and delivered a typically thorough and insightful report.

He was passionate about the GAA and the Irish Language, and he was hugely respected by the press corps in Donegal and further afield.

He will be sorely missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Ryan Ferry
Sports Writer Donegal News

In the language of kings, ‘duine uasal’ always means a ‘noble person’.

But our sadly departed ‘cara mor” great friend Séamas MacGeidigh from Gortahork. was also a ‘duine ildana’ a man for all seasons.His sudden, untimely death has slid in like an icy day in a summer where his beloved Tir Conaill were in their sixth Ulster final.

Séamas was in his mid 50s and had been out for a walk when he got the final call on Monday evening.

Last Saturday evening the great ‘guth na nGael’ voice of the Gael, told thousands of listeners of Raidio na Gaeltachta that Donegal had edged out Monaghan, and boy wasn’t Séamas proud of his native patch.

He had a unique ringing voice, accurate rapid fire delivery that could make even the dullest encounter sparkle for he was a real Donegal diamond from Gortahork, on the edge of the Western World.

Slan go foill, a chomradai.

Gerry MacLaughlin
Freelance Journalist


It was with great shock that, late on Monday night, I learned of the passing of Séamus Mac Géidigh.

His was a distinctive voice, drifting down the stairs at the pressbox in Mac Cumhaill Park, or over the airwaves of Raidió na Gaeltachta, whether commentating on a match, or overseeing the club championship draw.

As a commentator, his lyrical description of the game unfolding in front of him painted a vivid picture even for a non-fluent Irish speaker like me. As a colleague, he was always knowledgeable, generous and helpful.

He will be sadly missed in Clones on Sunday week and wherever Donegal Gaels meet in the months and years to come.

Rest in peace Séamus.

Damian Dowds
Inishowen Independent

There are good people, and there was Séamus MacGéidigh.

Séamus was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He was a true gentleman and a thorough professional, a brilliant broadcaster and commentator.I sat in press boxes, stood on the sidelines and hung around dressing rooms before and after games along with Séamus for the best part of the last two decades. In that time  I can honestly say without fear of contradiction that I never heard Seamus utter a word of ridicule about anybody or any situation.

I’m very sad and I’ll miss you Séamus, but I’m a whole lot richer for having known you.

Comhbhrón do Dolores, Pauline, Éadhain and Dónall and all his colleagues at RTE R Na G.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Tom Comack
Donegal Democrat/People’s Press/ Highland Radio

The untimely passing of Seamus came as a shock to all of us who had the pleasure of working alongside him in press areas, not just in Donegal GAA grounds, but around the country. As we struggle to put into words that won’t come, I am reminded of the phrase – “To strive for words befitting is a tribute in itself”. Seamus was kind and generous with his help, praise and encouragement. As a lover and promoter of our national language, with always a word or two ‘as Gaelige’ he encouraged those of us not so fluent to enjoy using the limited vocabulary we had, always with sense of mischief. GRMA Seamus thanks for everything.

Ed Byrne
PRO Donegal GAA


The news of the sad passing of Séamus Mac Géidigh – the much respected regional manager of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Derrybeg – rippled through the community, county and country on Monday evening to echoes of disbelief.

Séamus’s unmistakable voice had been heard only a handful of hours beforehand, giving its usual informative, balanced, respected and interesting stance on ‘Barrscealta’.

Those journalistic traits were the same characteristics he possessed as a man, a husband and a father.

His tone – particularly through his love of sport – brought excitement from Croke Park to Cloughaneely; from Gweedore to Gdansk and from Ballybofey to Bordeaux, to the homes of west Donegal and farther afield.

The immediate sense of his loss will be raw to those who liked and loved him for some time.  But in time – however long that may take – that loss will be partially replaced by pride in knowing someone that was a gentleman, in the truest sense of the word.

Alan Foley (Donegal Sport Hub)


It was with heavy hearts that the Highland Radio community learned of the death of Seamus McGeady. He achieved a standard of excellence as a broadcaster, sports’ commentator and as manager of Radio na Gaeltachta’s north- west service.

He could speak with authority on current affairs, sport and culture- his proficiency in the Irish language difficult to surpass.

Head of Sport Oisin Kelly said “Donegal has lost a true gentleman and Seamus will be badly missed on match day”.

We at Highland would like to extend our sympathies to Dolores and family and to his colleagues at Ráidio na Gaeltachta.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

 Oisin Kelly & Highland Radio Staff
My first encounter with Séamus Mac Géidigh was at Sean MacCumhaill Park in the summer of 2005.
It was a Championship quarter final between Four Masters and Glenfin, my first assignment as a reporter in Donegal, working with the Finn Valley Voice.
I was nervous, not really knowing what to do or where to go.
I was in at the deep end. Getting team sheets, checking numbers, what became a weekly ritual, were unknown to me that Saturday evening.
A tap on the shoulder and a warm welcome put me at ease in an instant.
From that day to this, I considered Séamus Mac Géidigh a close friend as well as a colleague of real substance. That was a feeling not unique to me. All young journalists on the beat in Donegal would have a similar tale, whether it was the welcome to RnaG for the Championship draw or the wee nugget of information on a soaking day at Machaire Gathlain.
I’ve traveled to Donegal games near and far in the air and on the road in Séamus’s company over the years.
Always a warm and friendly presence in the press box, his enthusiasm for the games, his endeavour to help young journalists and, most of all, his pleasant demeanour never failed to brighten the place up.
His knowledge of his profession and his love of his work made him one of a kind.
With that distinctive west Donegal brogue, he called the games with a passion and knowledge that was unrivalled.
His loss to us will be felt whenever we next convene and will be felt for some time.
Séamus Mac Géidigh was a gentle man and a gentleman all in one.
Coladh samh a Shéamus
Chris McNulty (Donegal Sport Hub)
Séamas Mac Géidigh – Fear uasal na peile
Bhí mé ar mo bhealach abhaile ó chluiche mionúir sna Cealla Beaga oíche Luain nuair a chuala mé an scéal go bhfuair Séamas Mac Géidigh bás.
Ba dheacair dom an scéal a chreidbheáil, níor chreid mé é. Ach de réir a chéile agus mé i dteagmháil le cairde agus comhghleacaí sna meáin, ghlac mé gur fíor a bhí an droch scéal.
Bhí aithne mhaith ag Michael Ó Dónaill, an grianghrafadóir, ar Shéamas le fada agus tá an ceart aige nuair a deireann sé gur fear uasal amach is amach a bhí i Séamas i ngach gné den tsaol.
Bhí mé ag caint  le Séamas ar an Satharn i bPáirc Bhreifne agus dea- spion air go raibh foireann Dhún na nGall i gCluiche Ceannais Uladh arís. Ach bhí dea -spion agus dearcadh dearfach aige i gconaí.
Ar an Luan chaith mé cuid mhór den lá ag éisteacht le agallamh a rinne Séamas le Frank Mac Fhloinn i gCabhán. Mar gheall gur le deanaí a bhí guth Shéamais i mo chluasa bhí an nuacht níos deacra a chreidbheáil.
Go minic diúltaíonn peileadoirí agallamh a dhéanamh ach is fíor annamh nár labhair siad le Séamas. Labhair Dessie Mone leis i ngaeilge ar an Satharn,  fiú nuair a chaill a fhoireann, foireann Mhuineacháin , greim ar an chorn Anglo Celt.
Fear proifisiúnta a bhí i Séamas Mac Géidigh. Go cinnte is cailliúint mór é dá gclann, a chairde, Raidió na Gaeltachta agus na meáin go hiomlán.
Ba mhaith linn i Donegal Post comhbhrón ó chroí a dhéanamh faoina bhás. Go ndeána Dia trócaire air.
Frank Craig
Donegal Post
Bhí an brón orm aréir nuair a chuala mé faoi bhás Seamus Mac Geidigh.  Chuala mé faoina bhás direach ag dul isteach chuig cruinniú de Coiste na Condae.  Is iomaigh cruinniú a shuí Seamus isteach ar ag déanamh tuairisc ar son Radio na Gaeltachta.  Bhí aithne mhaith agam ar Seamus . Rinne muid  an tarraingt deireanach do Craobh chomórtas  Spóirt Mícheál Ó Murchú I mí Márta seo caite i Leitir Ceanainn. Chuir sé gach duine ar a suaimhneas nuair a bhí sé ag caint leo. Duine iontach a bhí ann, duine cinnéalta, macánta agus cairdiúil a bhí ann.  Nuair a bhí sé ag labhairt bhí fhios ag gach duine caidé a bhí sé ag rá. Bhí Gaeilge iontach aige agus labhair sé go soiléir i gconaí.   Ar son Board na Condae agus mé féin déanam co bhrón lena bhean Céile Dolores agus an teaghlach uilig.  Cáill mór do foireann  Radio na Gaeltachta agus do muintir na Gaeltachta a bheas I mbás Sheamúis. Cara mór de chuid CLG Dhún na nGall a bhí ann.  Guím suaimhneas síoraí ar Seamús.  Ní bheidh a leithead ann arís
Aidín Uí Ghiolláin
Rúnaí na Condae.

The Tirconaill Tribune would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family of the late Seamus McGeadyA true gentleman.  Seamus will be sadly missed.

Declan Kerr, Tirconaill Tribune

It was with great shock and sadness that I learned of the death of Seamus McGeady. Just a few days previous I had talked with Seamus about what this summer could hold for Donegal football, and indeed a number of other topics as we walked to Breffni Park for the Donegal match, having met as we parked up in Cavan. Seamus was a familiar face in the press area through his work with RnaG, alongside his analyst Hugh McClafferty. Seamus was a real professional, and a true gentleman who never had a critical word to say about anybody, and I had the privilege of knowing him well from my days managing Clg. Gaoth Dobhair. My sincere sympathy to his wife Dolores and children Poilin, Aedin and Donal. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Declan Bonner.
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By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 5th Jul

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