RTE broadcaster Colm Murray has died following a battle with motor neuron disease.
The 61-year-old newsreader and sports journalist worked with RTE since 1978 and is best known for his horse racing reports.
The Taoiseach has expressed his symathies to Colm's family and has described his as the voice of Irish racing.
Enda Kenny says he was in Colm's company recently where he could see he was a proud Westmeath man who brought out the best in those around him with his affability and gift for storytelling.
He recently participated in a drug trial in a bid to increase understanding of the condition.
He's survived by his wife Anne, two daughters Patricia and Kate and his sister Mary.
Last year Colm featured in a moving documentary about Motor Neuron disease where he spoke frankly about dealing with his condition: