Micheal O Muircheartaigh is to broadcast his last All-Ireland final next Sunday when Cork play Down. The man who makes radio pictures with the gladiatorial sporting exploits of real people who populate the cities and villages of Ireland is hanging up his microphone.
I remember a story about him where some golf clubs and gaelic footballs signed by the Dublin team were stolen from his car in Dublin's city centre. After he spoke on Liveline asking for the signed balls back which were to be auctioned for charity everything was returned that same day. Such is the respect for the man across all classes in Ireland.
It's the end of a fantastic career but I wonder is it the end of something much more significant because RTE will hardly be able to replace that legendary Kerry lilt.