Jimmy Magee is an institution in Irish broadcasting life. He was born in New York in 1935. Three years later the family returned to Ireland and settled in the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth. Jimmy's early working experiences were in a pharmacy in Carlingford and as a railway clerk in Greenore. But his dream was always to work in radio, and by 1957 he managed to fulfil that dream. His varied and much-travelled life, as it evolved, is told in this memoir, including his 11 Olympic Games, 12 FIFA World Cups, 29 European Cup finals, 11 athletics world championships, 30 world title fights and 10 Tours de France. Jason O'Toole is a well-known journalist, celebrated for his interviews. He is joint author of 'The End of the Party' (with Bruce Arnold) as well as a biography of Brian Cowen.
'Jimmy Magee has done it all. He is the godfather of sport in Ireland and around the world. The gentleman, the memory man, the passionate man, the knowledgeable man. Jimmy has the belief and a lifelong love for sport and sportspeople. There will always be new sportspeople on the horizon, but there will only ever be one Jimmy Magee.' Eamonn Coghlan, three-time Olympian and former world champion in the 5,000 metres 'Jimmy Magee is a true gentleman and a respected legend in his field. I associate him with some of the great sporting moments of the last twenty-five years. Jimmy has helped many Irish sportspeople in their careers. I am certainly one of them and will be eternally grateful for all his help in and away from sport.' Bernard Dunne, former WBA super bantamweight world champion boxer