Watch RTÉ’s tribute to John Giles, featuring his wise words and songs

Tonight will be remembered for Portugal winning the Euro 2016 final, but in Ireland the night was made poignant by the departure of John Giles from the RTÉ panel, writes Stephen Barry.

The esteem the panel is held in is proved by a viewership which often exceeds that of the match itself, and John Giles has been ever-present for 30 successful years.

Here’s RTÉ’s own tribute to Gilesy:

Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady were among those to add personal tributes.

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Writing in the Irish Examiner, Brady said that Giles is “as good as it gets at this job”.

Watch RTÉ’s tribute to John Giles, featuring his wise words and songs

“As he was on the pitch and in the dug-out, so he is on the television: a real pro, a man who thinks long and hard about what he’s going to say and then says it with clarity and authority,” said Brady.

RTÉ Head of Sport Ryle Nugent, who decided that this would be Giles’ final contract with the state broadcaster, added his own words of thanks.

His colleagues, from TV and radio, also weighed in on Twitter.

Farewell John, we’ll miss your insights on RTÉ.

But we’ll continue to enjoy your thoughts on all your future ventures.

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