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Tributes Pour In Following The Death Of Broadcasting Legend Bill O'Herlihy

Tributes Pour In Following The Death Of Broadcasting Legend Bill O'Herlihy

The extent to which Bill O'Herlihy is linked to the Irish sporting landscape is absolutely immeasurable. Perhaps we didn't truly appreciate that until the news broke that the great man has passed away at the age of 76.

The cause of death has not yet been announced but it is understood that O'Herlihy passed away suddenly overnight having earlier attended the IFTA's in Dublin's Mansion house.

Noel Curran, Director-General of RTÉ has released the following statement on behalf of the national broadcaster.

Everyone in RTÉ is devastated at today’s news. Bill O’Herlihy was a giant of the sporting and broadcasting worlds in this country. His contribution to broadcasting was utterly unique. For decades he was at the centre of some of Ireland’s greatest sporting moments.

He never hid his emotions on those big occasions, from disappointment to utter joy, and for this he was greatly loved. But he was also a fantastic broadcaster and interviewer, getting the very best out of his interview panels and provoking debate and insight, and for this he was also hugely admired. Our sincere sympathies go to Bill’s wife Hillary, daughters Jill and Sally, grandchildren, family, friends and colleagues.

We would like to pass our condolences on to Bill's friends and family and as you can imagine, tributes have already begun to pour in.

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RIP Bill and thank you for a truly remarkable career.

More to follow.

Gary Reilly

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