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O Muircheartaigh looks forward

Mícheál O Muircheartaigh, who will turn 90 next Thursday, was the host for Shane Lowry's homecoming to Clara GAA Club, Co. Offaly, following his win in the Open Championship in July 2019. INPHO/MORGAN TREACY

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál O Muircheartaigh has been cocooning at his home in County Meath since the coronavarius hit Ireland in March. The Kerry native, who will turn 90 on next Thursday, described the restrictions to the GAA season as feeling “unnatural.” Having retired from commentary a decade ago, O Muircheartaigh still travels around the country to attend GAA matches. He said: ‘‘I went down to Kerry in the month of February. It’s a time when people begin to look forward. How will our team be for the season? How will our neighbors get on? And whether you are in Connacht, Ulster, Leinster or Munster, that goes on in the month of February. I was looking forward to season ahead. Little did I know that very few matches would be played and that hardly any spectators would be allowed to watch. Everything, more or less, came to a standstill. It felt unnatural.’’

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