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There's Only One Thing Irish Soccer Fans Will Be Watching On Monday Evening

There's Only One Thing Irish Soccer Fans Will Be Watching On Monday Evening

The life and times of Bill O'Herlihy are to be the subject of an RTE documentary on Monday evening. O'Herlihy died on 25 May last year at the age of 76.

The programme is part of the 'Cloch le Carn' series, which profiles influential figures in Irish public life.

O'Herlihy's death, coming so soon after his retirement from broadcasting, provoked an outpouring of emotion from people who had grown up with him anchoring the national broadcaster's football coverage.

His finest hour arrived in June 1990 when he captured the mood of the nation before our first ever game in the World Cup.

You're welcome to our World Cup coverage on a day of historic importance for Ireland. In less than an hour, we line out against England in Cagliari and take our place in the World Cup finals for the very first time. For those who've worked to lift Irish soccer onto a plateau of achievement and respect, among them, our two panellists, John Giles and Eamon Dunphy, it is a day of pride and emotion. For the nation, it's a day of joy and drama and celebration and in our coverage tonight, we plan to reflect the national mood as we anticipate the game after what Kevin Moran has called 'an eternity of waiting'. It's only a game, says Bobby Robson of England, and he's right, but he's wrong too. Because to be in the finals for the first time is very special and we're going to see what it means to people right around the country, whether they're nine or ninety. And I promise you, we're going to enjoy ourselves, we're going to give it a lash.

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The programme airs at 7.30 on Monday evening on RTE One.

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