Séamas Mac Géidigh: Broadcaster with infectious passion for recreation

Séamas Mac Géidigh, who has died all of sudden while walking near his home outside Gortahork, Co Donegal, became a professional broadcaster to his fingertips, noted for accuracy, readability and balance.


He had an infectious ardor for sport. Two days earlier than his untimely death, he commentated for Raidió na Gaeltachta on his loved Donegal defeating Monaghan within the Ulster Senior Championship semi-final. More than one week in advance, he had been in France, commentating on the Republic of Eire’s Euro championship marketing campaign.

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He changed into as skilled in modern-day affairs. On the morning of the day he died, he had presented Raidió na Gaeltachta’s modern-day affairs magazine Barrscéalta.
Farming circle of relatives
Séamas Mac Géidigh (regarded to his neighbors as ‘Séamas Jack’) turned into born near Gortahork in August 1961, the youngest of three children and 2nd son to John Mac Géidigh, a small farmer and county council worker, and his wife Mary (née McGonigle). He obtained his number one schooling at Scoil Náisiúnta Cnoc na Naomh and secondary at Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola. After his Leaving Cert, he advanced to University, Galway (now NUI Galway), where he graduated in Irish and Geography, accompanied via a higher diploma in training.

From his youth, he changed into an enthusiastic football player. At the same time as analyzing in Galway, he captained the University’s soccer team inside the Collingwood Cup (the football competition for Irish universities).

After graduation, he worked for a short time in his domestic location as a trainer, at each primary and secondary degree. He usually had an incredible dedication to his domestic community around Gortahork. He left coaching to turn out to be a community improvement employee with Údarás na Gaeltachta in Donegal.

In 1988, he changed career again to become a journalist with Raidió na Gaeltachta. He combined this with running a corporation that organized hill-walking holidays in his domestic vicinity for a while. He never took any earnings from this. As a substitute, he saw it as a way of bringing cash into the location.
One older American walker expressed a choice to have some form of Memento from his holiday. Mac Géidigh got one of the Tory Island artists to make a university for the person and offered it to him – freed from charge. The Yankee turned into highly joyful.

In 2014, he became appointed Raidió na Gaeltachta’s local manager for Donegal. Over the following two years, he introduced his enthusiasm and meticulous method to the task.

Tógadh Mac Géidigh le Gaeilge, agus ba rud luachmhar aige an teanga. Ceapadh ar Choiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge ag Chumainn Lúthchleas Gael é. Bhí sé riamh sáite in achan rud a bhí ar leas phobail s’aige, é ina rúnaí ar choiste pobail Ghort an Choirce le blianta.

The phrases with which he signed off his observation at the Donegal-Monaghan replay sum up his personal lifestyles: “Tá a fheadóg dheireanach séidte, ach a leithéidentification de chluiche. (The final whistle has been blown, however what a sport).”

He’s survived by way of his spouse, Dolores, daughters Éadaoin and Póilín, son Dónal, sister Ann and brother Michael.