A former RTÉ sports commentator and journalist - whose son played a number of games for Finn Harps - will be named as the Special Merit Award recipient at this year's 3 FAI International Awards on Sunday, March 18.

Jimmy Magee, who passed away aged 82, last September, was particularly keen on boxing, soccer, and athletics.

Known as the "memory man" for his incredible ability to recall names, incidents and events from the past, he always had a soft spot for Finn Harps.

He was a big fan of Derry man Brendan Bradley, the Harps striker who to this day remains the League of Ireland's all-time top scorer with 235 goals.

Indeed, Magee commentated on Finn Harps' only FAI Cup success, back in 1974 when they beat St. Patrick's Athletic.

Magee had another reason to keep an eye on Harps' scorers several  years later. His beloved son, Paul - who sadly pre-deceased his father when he lost his battle with Motor Neuron disease in 2008, aged 51 - was a talented footballer. He joined Harps briefly from Shamrock Rovers in 1978, and played a handful of games with the Donegal club.

He was part of the Harps panel involved in their UEFA Cup games with Everton, which they lost 5-0 both in Ballybofey and at Goodison Park.

Born in New York city and raised in Co Louth, Jimmy Magee commentated on a wide range of sports for RTÉ, including every Olympic Games from 1972 until 2012.

Magee joined RTÉ in 1956 and in his time as a broadcaster, commentated on 10 Olympic Games and 11 World Cups, including the one won by England in 1966.

He commentated on some of Ireland's finest sporting moments, including the success of Eamon Coughlan and John Tracey in athletics, Stephen Roche in the Tour de France, and Barry McGuigan and Katie Taylor in boxing.

In 2006 Magee was presented with a PPI Outstanding Achievement Award to mark his 50th year in broadcasting.

The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that the late Jimmy Magee will be named as the Special Merit Award recipient at this year's 3 FAI International Awards on Sunday, March 18.

The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on RTE2, will include a unique tribute to a broadcaster who elevated Irish football to a new level through his passionate and skilled style of commentating.

The FAI always maintained a strong relationship with Jimmy and was deeply saddened by his passing last September. So it is only fitting that he will be honoured with the Special Merit Award.

The full list of nominees for this year's 3 FAI International Awards will be revealed on Friday, March 9.

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