Greyhound racing has lost a true friend and loyal supporter with the sad passing of renowned broadcaster Michael Fortune.
His funeral takes place in Dublin tomorrow (Thursday).
Aged 70, the Wexford native passed away on Monday after a short illness.
He reported on greyhound racing for over half a century and for the last number of years made a significant contribution to the Irish Greyhound Board’s Talking Dogs website, as well as his unforgettable commentaries at his beloved Shelbourne Park.
Greyhound racing followers at tracks all over the country, including Lifford, would have heard his weekly commentaries from Shelbourne which were broadcast live to stadia on race nights. Many racegoers at the Brandywell Track would also have known him.
Indeed, he was to greyhound racing what Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh was to Gaelic Games.
Michael produced the now annual Irish Greyhound Review from 1978 until his 41st and final edition this year.
His contributions across a host of national and international print, broadcast and online media made sure that the most up to date information was available to anybody with an interest in greyhound racing.
He wrote on the sport for the Irish Press, Evening Press, Irish Examiner, Racing Post, Sporting Press, Irish Greyhound Weekly and the Irish Independent.
Paying tribute, the Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, Frank Nyhan, said, “Michael represented the heart of the Irish greyhound industry. His knowledge of each individual greyhound, trainer and all associated with the industry was unparalleled. Michael loved the sport and committed himself totally to it. His involvement in the Annual National Greyhound Awards ensured a quality event made all the better for Michael’s immense contribution.
“Michael was great company, ever pleasant and conscientious. Greyhound racing and the wider industry has lost a true friend. Bord na gCon extends its deepest sympathy to the Fortune family at this sad time."
Michael is survived by his wife Rita, his son Ian, his daughter Michelle, grandchildren Cara, Aoife, Conor and Saoirse and extended family.
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