| 19°C Belfast

Micheál was a true gentleman

Back in 2009, I had reason to call the late Micheál McGeary. I thought it was going to end in a big disagreement - a tetchy conversation that could easily end up with either of us slamming the phone down.

How wrong was I? I soon realised that he was as uncomfortable as I was with conflict. We both backed off and said we would see each other around.

The very next time I spotted Micheál he came over wearing a smile almost beatific. Within seconds of talking to him, his concern for other people and ability to see the bigger picture was almost Zen-like.

If one word has been used frequently since his passing and subsequent funeral on Monday, it is 'gentle'.

A gentleman. A gentle soul. He had a real gentleness about him.

As Tony Scullion said after the Dr McKenna Cup final - unprompted it should be added - "What a gentleman. A man who I have the utmost respect for. He was about in my time reporting on matches and in the press, giving his comments. He interviewed me a few times, I got to know him and he was a great friend of mine.

"He was a great, great man and the world will be a worse place without him."

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

The press boxes of Ulster will miss his presence, his way with younger colleagues, his wit and that charming, disarming smile.

Top Videos