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The Memory Man Jimmy Magee’s book collection to be auctioned in aid of Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Memory Man Jimmy Magee’s book collection to be auctioned in aid of Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Memory Man Jimmy Magee’s collection of almost 1,000 books are being auctioned off in aid of a charity close to his heart, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The late commentator, who hailed from Greenore, was one of the most popular voices in Irish sport since his first job reporting on a hockey match for RTÉ in 1956.

Since then, his coverage of many World Cups, Olympic Games and his co-hosting of RTÉ’s sports trivia show ‘Know Your Sport’ alongside George Hamilton, only added to his reputation for obscure sports trivia, earning him the title of ‘The Memory Man’.

Jimmy, who passed away in September 2017, didn’t earn that reputation lightly. It was from an extensive knowledge of a wide range of sports, much of which he picked up from reading.

Now his collection of almost 1000 books, the source of many of his facts, is being auctioned off in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The collection of books and magazines spans several decades and genres, and also includes many travel books.

Some of the many obscure titles among the collection include a recap of the 1969-1970 year in Irish rugby; a collection of the strangest cricket matches ever played and a hefty volume on the history of Cuban boxing.

The full list of titles can be viewed here, where bids on the collection can also be submitted.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Jimmy left €10,000 to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association as a tribute to his late son Paul, who died from the disease in 2008. Paul, a former member of staff at BoyleSports in Dundalk, had lived locally for a number of years in Ardee.

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