The former broadcaster and journalist died overnight aged 82.
After joining RTE in 1956, Magee covered 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups. He also had a column in The Sunday World, never missing an issue since the first edition of the paper in 1973.
He was affectionately known as ‘The Memory Man’ for his encyclopaedic knowledge on a range of different sports spanning his six decades in the business.
Here’s what people are saying-
"Footballers come and go. Commentators go on forever".
Morning Ireland pay tribute to Jimmy Magee pic.twitter.com/rUDiYsb5zD
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 20, 2017
Sad news to hear that Jimmy Magee has passed away. One of the best commentators of Irish sport ever RIPJimmy ðŸ™ÂÂ?
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) September 20, 2017
Match of the Day commentator Conor McNamara posted this on Twitter-
The Memory Man... before social media, databases, stats websites... we had Jimmy Magee. He knew everything! Legend of Irish Broadcasting. https://t.co/Jroi4i8xVG
— Conor McNamara (@ConorMcNamaraIE) September 20, 2017
RTE Sport colleague Des Cahill posted this touching tribute and photograph-
RIP Jimmy Magee. Our song was "Seven Spanish Angels"... the best travel companion ever. A pure rogue for the Craic.â?¤ï¸? pic.twitter.com/PNJL9BlGaf
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) September 20, 2017
He will be sadly missed. RIP.