During my years travelling the country on various GAA activities I came across numerous people who worked in a variety of media outlets, writes Nickey Brennan.
One of those was John A. Murphy from Dungarvan, who was a regular contributor on Gaelic games in the Irish Examiner. John was also a former chairman of the Waterford GAA County Board.
Sadly he died last week. He was a man with a real passion for the GAA and this came out in the fair and balanced reporting which he penned on a regular basis in the Irish Examiner. He was one of the good guys, as people might say.
To his wife Eileen, his four daughters and other family members I extend my sincere condolences.
On Sunday the sad news was announced that the iconic broadcaster Sean Óg Ó Ceallacháin had also died. I knew the late Sean Óg very well and always enjoyed his company and his recalling of great games and former players.
He was also a talented hurler and footballer with Dublin. His Sunday night results programme on RTE radio was compulsory listening, not just for many in this country, but for the Irish diaspora who were able to receive the RTE service.
Sean Og was a true gentleman. Like John A. he will be missed.
To his son and daughters and extended family I offer my sincere condolences.