Tributes pour in for 'giant of sports broadcasting' O’Herlihy

Tributes are pouring in for Bill O’Herlihy, the retired RTE broadcaster who passed away today, aged 76.

O’Herlihy had been a fixture on Irish screens for almost 50 years, in a career in sport that took in 10 World Cups.

He had retired from broadcasting last July, at the end of the World Cup.

John Giles, who worked on the RTE soccer panel woth O'Herlihy for many years, told Newstalk radio: "It's a shock. My condolences to the family. It's very sad.''

Michael Ring, junior minister, described the broadcaster and Fine Gael supporter as an absolute gent of a man.

“He was a hard-working, passionate sports presenter, and was a brilliant interviewer and will be missed by all those who had the joy of meeting and working with him,” he said.

His colleagues at Insight Consultants said they were “deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague Bill O’Herlihy”.

Earlier this month the Cork native had been honoured with the Spirit of Cork Award 2015.


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