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Farewell to voice of sport.

Hundreds of mourners turned out last night to pay a fond farewell to Michael O'Hehir - the grand old man of Irish sport.

The remains of the 76-year-old commentary king, who died on Sunday, were taken yesterday to Corpus Christi Church in Whitehall, a stone's throw from Croke Park from where he reported on 99 memorable All Ireland finals.

A sea of household names and faces from TV, sport and politics mingled with fans in a moving tribute to the broadcaster described by Bishop Jim Moriarty as "a man who turned words into pictures."

The bishop said: "He was the voice of sport for many years and the last few days have shown the love, affection and esteem in which he was held."

The congregation, which included Fianna Fail leader Bertie Ahern and Taoiseach John Bruton's representative Captain Maurice McQuillan, filed past the coffin to pay their respects to widow Molly.

The GAA was represented by director general Liam Mulvihill and past presidents Mick Loftus and Paddy Buggy. RTE personalities included Jimmy McGee, Marty Morrissey, Brian Carty, Fred Cogley and Tracey Piggott.

The Artane Boys Band, possibly the only institution to have graced more All Ireland finals than Michael himself, played hymns in tribute.

Michael will be buried today at Glasnevin after a funeral mass.
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Author:Leslie, Neil
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 27, 1996
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