Shock at the death of iconic Cork sports journalist Pat McAuliffe

Shock at the death of iconic Cork sports journalist Pat McAuliffe
Pat McAuliffe, left, receives his Appreciation award from Dan Deady, at the Irish soccer referees awards presentation. Picture: David Keane.

The Douglas resident has been the voice of sports radio in Cork for over 30 years, featuring prominently on RTE. He was also a key contributor to The Echo's local soccer coverage, from the junior ranks to League of Ireland matches, and reported on Cork City's victory over Cobh Ramblers in the U19 league for the paper on Sunday.

Pat was a highly-regarded referee for the Munster Senior League and was due to officiate an Over35s fixture this Monday night. 

Pat McAuliffe (left) on duty. Picture: Finbarr Buckley
Pat McAuliffe (left) on duty. Picture: Finbarr Buckley

He was heavily involved with Rochestown GAA in recently, keeping the club afloat and involved in the Seandún division, while he worked in a variety of roles for Cork soccer clubs over the years, including Cobh Ramblers, the Cork Media in the Nite Owls League, and Hibernians in the AUL.

Away from the sporting arena, he cut his teeth on pirate radio and as a DJ, driven by his passion for music.

Pat had a grá for all codes and regularly covered athletics and rugby as well as soccer and GAA. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sport and a razor-sharp wit which made him a very popular figure.

His versatility meant he was often the sideline reporter for RTE radio and television at big games and always captured the mood when interviewing players and managers after whether they won or lost.

Declan Kidney and Noel Murphy with Pat McAuliffe. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Declan Kidney and Noel Murphy with Pat McAuliffe. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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