Death – Tributes paid after Jim Sherwin, Ireland’s ‘voice of rugby’, passes away aged 81

Death – Obituary

JIM SHERWIN, the legendary RTÉ rugby commentator, has passed away at the age of 81.

Sherwin died at home on Monday surrounded by his family following a short illness.

Paying tribute, the IRFU described Sherwin as “the voice of rugby”.

“Jim was an iconic part of so many of our great days,” added the IRFU.

Leinster rugby called Sherwin “the voice of a generation”, while former British and Irish Lion, John Robbie, called him a “broadcasting legend”.

Sherwin fronted RTÉ’s rugby coverage for more than three decades, from 1970 until 2003.

In an illustrious career, he was RTÉ’s main commentator at eight Olympics Games and spent 20 years commentating on tennis grand slam events.

The Wicklow native also covered non-sporting events, including presidential inaugurations, and produced documentaries for the broadcaster.

He is survived by his wife Anne and four children, James, Ian, Cliona and John, along with 11 grandchildren.

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In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

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