Micheál, pictured left, served as chief GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) reporter for the News for many years, covering Irish sports such as hurling and Gaelic football for the newspaper.
In 1988, he moved on to the newly-formed Sunday Life title, where he continued to cover GAA as well as rugby.
“He reported with great distinction on many sports, but his passion was always for Gaelic games, with a particular affection for his native Armagh.
“Micheál will be sadly missed by all his friends at The Irish News and our thoughts are with his family.”
News sports editor Thomas Hawkins added: “He was an inspiration to many people during his career in journalism, always very knowledgeable on many sports and he had a great way with him, always a bit of craic about him.
“He was a true gentleman, his loss will be greatly felt.”
Micheál died at the Craigavon Area Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Olive and his daughters Olive, Susan and Sarah.