Jimmy Magee – High Profile Irish Sports Broadcaster, Journalist, After Dinner Speaker and Master of Ceremonies
Known as “The Memory Man”, Jimmy is a veteran sports broadcaster and media personality whose presence in sport has been felt for over half a century. His dedicated coverage of Ireland’s most memorable sporting moments since the 1950’s has earned him the highest respect and reverence within the sporting and media world.
Born in New York City, USA, Jimmy and his 3 siblings were raised in his native Cooley, Co. Louth where he began his career in broadcasting. A career which has seen him present radio and television coverage of the Olympic Games since 1968 and the FIFA World Cup since 1966.
His media credits include television and radio broadcasting work under RTE, UTV and Channel 4. Starting out as a reporter for the Radio Eireann programme, Junior Sports Magazine, Jimmy has gone on to host Know Your Sport on RTE and commentate on over 100 International football matches, 30 European Cup Finals, multiple Tour De France cycle races, the World Athletics Championships and many boxing events.
Jimmy Magee commentates as Barry McGuigan becomes Featherweight Champion
He has provided commentary for RTE audiences at eleven FIFA World Cups and twelve Olympic Games. He has also worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including after dinner speaking, launches, personal appearances and photocalls.
In 2000, Jimmy Magee: The Official Biography – I Remember it Well was written and released by author Sean McGoldrick and in 2012 Jimmy released his memoirs titled ‘Memory Man’. His list of achievements includes a Jacob’s Award in 1972 for his radio sports commentaries and in 2012 he received recognition of his achievements from the International Olympic Committee as they presented him with a replica of the Olympic Torch.
A natural people person with the ability to remember every little detail, he is a regular after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the country by recounting memories of his experiences throughout his illustrious career covering Irish and international sport.
The Memory Man
In 1989, Jimmy’s contribution and lifelong dedication to Irish sport was recognized in a special one off tribute by The Late Late Show.