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Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Oscar for portrayal of Stephen Hawkins in ‘The Theory of Everything. Paul Magee – Motor Neuron Disease Global Awareness Day

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning best actor at the 2015 Oscars for his portrayal of Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything.  The film followed Hawkins life as a world renowned physicist and his battle with Motor Neuron Disease/ALS. Redmaynes wonderful breakout role pipped Michael Keaton for the best actor award for his amazing performance in Birdman.
Redmaynes acceptance speech is below and I have included an archive article on my friend and colleague, Paul Magee, who passed away after his own battle with MND.

The British actor won an Oscar, but he also probably won a few hearts with his earnest acceptance speech – Time Magazine.

Eddie Redmayne, as was widely expected, won the Best Actor trophy at the Oscars for his role in The Theory of Everything. Playing Stephen Hawking and conveying both his genius and his struggle with ALS, Redmayne embodied the agile mind and atrophying body of an iconic figure; he becomes the eighth-youngest star to pick up this award in the Oscars’ 87-year history.

Redmayne had been heavily favored, after wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes, but his relatively low public profile makes this a somewhat refreshing Oscars moment. “I will be its custodian,” said Redmayne, saying that the award was meant for all sufferers of ALS.

The Theory Of Everything –

The Theory of Everything is a film about  the life of Professor Stephen Hawkins who is living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) also referred to as ALS. He is one of the world’s most well-known physicists and cosmologists as well as author of the best-selling “A Brief History of Time”This film is about his meeting Jane Wilde whilst at Cambridge and how their romance blossomed even as his physical condition deteriorated due to his motor neuron disease (ALS).

Archive Article from June the 21st 2013 on Paul Magee: 

Today(Friday 21st of June) is Motor Neuron Disease Global Awareness Day and there are fundraising and awareness events taking place throughout the country, including the hugely successful ‘Drink Tea, for MND’, which is organised and coordinated by the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.  Among the patrons of the IMNDA are actress, Mary McEvoy and Broadcaster, Jimmy Magee, who lost his eldest son to the disease.  It is now just over five years ago, since our friend and colleague, Paul Magee passed away after battling Motor Neuron Disease.  Paul was a regular sports analyst on 98fm’s, Late Night Talk, a programme presented by Tom O’Brannagain, Researched by Joey Corbett, Lisa Gernon, Louise Phelan, Ger Breen and many others down the years, and a programme I myself produced for three years.

During the time that me and Tom worked on the programme, Paul, who was an accomplished sportman in many disciplines, including League of Ireland Football, was a regular contributor on Monday and Thursday nights sports analysis with Racing and GAA pundit, JJ O’Donovan.  Paul and JJ’s sports segments were one of the most popular features on the programme and Paul had an uncanny knack of nearly always tipping up horses to back on the nose to win in the weekends racing, that invariably were usually placed, but Paul didn’t believe in each way bets, it was first past the post, all or nothing.    However, Paul had a depth and wealth of knowledge of sport that perhaps only his Dad Jimmy could come close to, he was passionate about all sporting pursuits, from Soccer, GAA, Horse Racing and Greyhounds to Ten Pin Bowling, Golf and everything else in between.  He also had a lust and an energy for all aspects of his life that was comparable to his love of sport, and he was a devout and loving father, husband, brother and son.  Paul was a wonderful broadcaster, a great friend, a gentleman, a legend and an excellent colleague, and we all still miss him very very much, as do his family and his wide circle of colleagues and friends.

Today, if you can, think of the people afflicted with this terrible disease, also take a moment to think of their families who have to watch their loved ones, slowly become ‘locked in’ and imprisoned in their own bodies, yet being aware and fully cognisant of their surroundings, emotions, thoughts and feelings.  Yet it is their bodies that can no longer respond and function as they once did, when they disease takes hold.  Please support the magnificent work, fundraising, care, support and research being conducted by the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (, and their partners in Research Motor Neuron, to hopefully soon find a cause and a cure for this most debilitating and undiscriminating of diseases.


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) was founded in 1985 by a small group of friends, relatives and carers of Motor Neurone Disease (also referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS) sufferers. The Association functions mainly as a support organisation for people who have MND, their carers and families. This work entails home visiting by our MND nurse specialist, financial assistance towards home care help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan to clients. The Association also supports research into the causes and treatment of Motor Neurone Disease. For more information on the research that is currently been carried out in Ireland visit the Research Motor Neurone website.

Charity Number: Chy 8510

Mission Statement

  • To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research and treatment for people with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the State of Ireland, contributing to worldwide efforts in research and development of treatment.
  • To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to our patients, their families and carers, setting standards of excellence.
  • To communicate widely knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease and related disorders in order to raise awareness in the wider community.

The cornerstone of the IMNDA’s approach is to put people with MND at the heart of all its focus, to champion their voice and dignity, to provide information resources and support so as to empower them to make informed decisions for themselves as individuals, whilst also providing every possible support to their families and carers.

Since its foundation, the Association has developed specialist, individualised, services that reflect the needs of the Irish MND community.

Our ethos is to ensure rapid access to these vital services for all of our clients regardless of their location or means. Provision of the specialist medical equipment and aids to people with MND plays a vital role in improving their quality of life, enabling them to live as active, independent citizens within their community and to remain in their home with their families for as long as possible. We support over a quarter of our members financially with a home help supplement so that they obtain additional hours of home help to that offered by their community, which is vital to their well-being, care and dignity. Our dedicated Nurse works remotely providing expert one on one advice during home visits as well as educating community teams, whilst the Association also funds counselling for those living with the disease.

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Announcement of the 2006 Boylesports Irish Sports Book of the Year Award________________________________________________________________

Article reproduced from The Irish Independent, 11th of May, 2008.

11 MAY 2008

PAUL Magee, 51, lost his battle with Motor Neuron disease last weekend. He died at home with his family around him.

The Magees are a well-known and much loved family in Lakelands and throughout Stillorgan in south county Dublin generally, and Paul was central to that. Son of the sports commentator Jimmy, Paul shared much of his father’s bright outlook on life, was a thoroughly warm, funny and engaging person.

A former Shamrock Rovers football player, Paul joined the Hoops during the mid-Seventies, and was a League Cup and FAI Cup winner. He was also part of an international tenpin bowling team for more than 30 years and served as both captain and manager. Paul was also a cross-country champion in his younger years, but will probably be best remembered in football circles.

Whilst out on loan to Finn Harps, he played in Europe for them. He also played with St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers and played Leinster Senior League right up to the age of 40. More recently, he was a part-time racing broadcaster with RTE as well as being involved in golfing coverage at the station. Before his death, Paul worked in the public relations department of Boyle Sports and for years was often the public face of the company.

Paul was sports mad. Whether it be soccer, golf, his beloved bowling or whatever, Paul couldn’t get enough of it. He was always quick with a joke, always with a smile on his face and always gracious with his time. In recent times, Paul and his family moved to Ardee in Co Louth but a big part of him always remained in Stillorgan.

The hundreds who attended his removal and funeral in St Laurence O’Toole Church, Kilmacud were testament to how popular he was as a person and how sorely he will be missed. Among those at the removal were Dublin football legends Paddy Cullen, Jimmy Keaveney and Sean Doherty.

As a guest on the Late Late Show, Jimmy Magee was asked by Pat Kenny what his one wish would be, if he had one. Jimmy responded by saying, “for my eldest son to be well”.

Paul Magee is survived by his father Jimmy, his wife Michelle, his daughters Laura, 24, and Elaine, 21, and his young son, David, four.


Article originally published in The Racing Post, 11th of May, 2008.’Hehir+pays+tribute+to…-a0178867195

Paul Magee – a life lived to the full; Tony O’Hehir pays tribute to the popular Boylesports front man who has died at 51.

Byline: Tony O’Hehir 

ON A glorious early summer morning on Thursday the parish church in Kilmacud in Dublin was packed to say farewell to Paul Magee, sportsman, broadcaster and in more recent times, until he succumbed to the ravages of motor neurone disease which finally claimed his life, at the age of 51, last Saturday, the front man for Boylesports bookmakers.

Paul was hugely popular and had a wide circle of friends from the many different areas of his sporting life.

Known to many as “the betting man” on RTE Radio’s racing team for many years, he was a lot more besides.

Father Brian Darcy, who celebrated the funeral mass, referred to him as being addicted to sport and it would be difficult to argue with that assessment.

He played League of Ireland football for three clubs, including Shamrock Rovers, he won medals at gaelic football and hurling with Oatlands College, was a champion ten pin bowler, an accomplished crosscountry runner and a single handicap golfer.

He was instrumental in Boylesports becoming sponsors of Sunderland.

More than anything he was an enthusiast with a capital E, generous to a fault and always positive even when his illness was diagnosed in September 2006.

In broadcasting circles it was his performance at the 1997 Grand National that is best remembered when the race had to be cancelled on the Saturday because of a bomb scare and was run on Monday.

When the commentary boxes and studios had to be evacuated, Paul was outside in the betting ring on duty for RTE. His radio microphone was left “open” and he was listening to the studio in Dublin on his headphones. For over an hour he kept listeners informed about what was happening.

In a moving address on Thursday his father, Jimmy, a legend of sports broadcasting, told the congregation that in his last year Paul achieved his three big sporting ambitions – attending the Super Bowl, the Champions League final and spending a day at Ballydoyle.

And despite being seriously incapacitated he played a round of golf at Augusta. It was his wish to break 100 at the home of the Masters and he failed by just one shot, a remarkable effort in his condition.

An upshot of the visit to Ballydoyle was that Paul and his mates ended up with a three-year old called The Ethiopian who, first time out for his new owners and Noel Meade, ran third in the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

With the full backing of his wife Michelle and the extended Magee family, The Ethiopian reappeared from a long break in the first race at Clonmel yesterday evening. It would have been nice if he had won as Paul just didn’t do each-way – but sadly he could finish only second.

Paul was strictly an “on the nose” punter and, ironically, his last bet, made on the day he died, was on New Approach who lost the Guineas by a nose. In his all too short life he was brave, remarkably brave to the last in what, sadly, was always an unwinnable race.


Interview with Paul Magee reproduced from The Dundalk Democrat originally published, 10th of August 2006.

Magee’s life is steeped in sport just like his father’s

Published on 10/08/2006 16:45

NEAR the end of an hour long conversa-tion with Boyle-sports PR spokesperson Paul Magee, I asked him what he liked doing away from the world of sport. For the first time since the chat started there was a pause. He simply didn’t know what to say. A life without sport was impossible for him to contemplate. It was his life. He lived it, he breathed it and more importantly, he worked at it.

Growing up as the son of legendary RT commentator Jimmy Magee, it is inevitable that you will have more than a fair interest in sport.

But from a successful League of Ireland soccer career, to over 30 years on the Irish ten pin bowling squad, Paul has stepped out of his father’s shadow and made a career in sport in his own right.

Before becoming the voice of Boylesports in April 2004, Paul was a part-time racing broadcaster with RT while also having a prominent role in the world of golf.

Now Paul gets to spend his days watching the biggest events in the world.

The more that is going on the better as far as he is concerned.

He is working at a job he has a passion for, and he wouldn’t change a thing.

“It’s hard to say what else I do outside of sport. It’s basically my life.

“I might work at it all day but I still like to go home in the evening and watch a game of football or golf.”

Watching sports is something Paul makes a living at but just how did he land such a dream job at Boylesports?

“They approached me in April 2004 and I joined them just before their sponsorship of the Guineas began.

“When you’re brought up in a sporting family you quickly become a sporting fanatic yourself and the offer to join Boylesports was too hard to turn down.

“I spend a lot of time liaising with journalists and sending off press releases, particularly to the main betting papers such as the Racing Post.

I have to make sure that they get all the right prices for their publications.

“We also have our own studio at Boylesports in Dundalk and we broadcast from there into all of our shops nationwide and advertise all our products and services basically.

“Here we keep an eye on all the in-vision betting which has become increasingly popular among football and golf fans,” he said.

Even though the 49-year-old has only been a member of the Boylesports team for just over two years, he admits that the company has grown enormously since then.

“It’s become absolutely huge.

“When I joined there were slightly less than 70 shops around the country but this week we are planning to open our 100th store so that is something to look forward to.

“Telebetting and the internet have expanded the way in which people bet but the core business of the shops will never go away and we’re proud of how we cater for our customers’ needs.

“We have a number of websites going at present such as and

“The poker has really taken off lately and is now more popular than ever.

“I would’ve always played poker myself. I got into it from seeing the world series in Las Vegas which is my favourite city in the world. It is an amazing event and the fact that the first prize is $10 million makes it highly exciting.

“Sports like racing will always take priority for me but I find I go to the courses more in winter, particularly in the build up to Cheltenham,” he said.

While Paul is now best known for his work with Boylesports, he had quite an impressive sporting career himself before injuries took their toll on him.

“I joined Shamrock Rovers in 1975 and I’ve actually scored in Oriel Park,” he laughed.

“Playing sport is what I always wanted to do. I was part of the international ten pin bowling team for over 30 years and served as both captain and manager.

“I haven’t played too much recently but I’ll turn senior when I’m 50 in January and I hope to take it more serious again then.

“I was also a cross country champion when I was younger but I’m probably best remembered in football.

“I won an All-Ireland Cup, a League Cup and an FAI Cup during my time with Rovers but I was in hospital for the FAI Cup final which was a pity.

“I actually went professional during my time with Rovers and got to work with people like Giles, Treacy and Dunphy. They were really great times but I got a bad injury and was out for over a year and when I came back I was loaned out to Finn Harps and got to play in Europe for them.

“I also played with St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers but after that serious injury when I ruptured my hamstring I never really got my pace back.

“I still played Leinster Senior League right up until I was 40 but I’ve had a couple of knee operations in the last two years so I’ve been playing very little sport lately. I miss it terribly though.

“I still play golf the odd time though and that keeps me going but I’d love to become a bit more active.

“Sport is my life and I was very lucky that I got to play it for so long and then got to work at it. Not many people get to work at what they want. My hobby is sport and I get to work within that community and it really is enjoyable.”

There are a number of major pluses to Paul’s job but the one he finds most rewarding is going out there and meeting people with a similar passion for sport.

“I love being involved with our sponsorship of the Boylesports Guineas Festival in the Curragh and the meet and greet that goes on at those type of events.

“The Boylesports International in Dundalk is always another big event to look forward to and I love mingling at them, meeting people and building relationships.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening of the all-weather track in Dundalk. It will be great for the town and is an ideal position directly between Dublin and Belfast.

“I’m sure it will attract good crowds but the stadium has just been fantastic since it has opened,” he said.

Although originally from Stillorgan in Co Dublin, Paul now lives in Ardee and admits it is great to be living in the same county where his dad Jimmy grew up.

“It’s good to be back in my heritage because my dad is from the Cooley peninsula. Ardee is a lovely area and I live in a wonderful house.

“I’m there since August last year. I have three children, two grown up daughters and a boy who is two-and-a-quarter. He is sport mad already and is really into football and golf so I can definitely see him playing a sport of some description when he is older.

“Family is a big thing to me and I’m hugely proud of my dad and all his accomplishments. He will be 72 in January but he has recently covered his 11th World Cup finals and knowing him he has plans for Beijing next year as well.

“He still introduces a programme on RTE Radio every Sunday and he loves that. He gets to link all the different GAA venues and although he is better known for his soccer exploits, he is a big GAA fan.

“We get on great with each other. He has been on his own since mum died in 1989 but he has survived well and he has never pushed me to follow in his footsteps.

“He has always been supportive of me which was difficult when he used to have to commentate on me but we’re all extremely proud of him.”

Paul is also proud of the success of Boylesports and this week will be the finest evidence of that as he helps open the company’s 100th store nationwide.

“There is a great team working with me and I’m really lucky to work so closely with people such as Blanaid Morris, Leon and Graham. Work is usually a very busy week but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Paul has done well to step out of his father’s shadow and make a name for himself in his own right. Sport is a way of life for the Magee family and with people like Paul on their team, Boylesports is only going to get bigger and better in the near future.


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