Sunday 23 October 2016

O'Herlihy was a rare thing, a real TV sports icon

Bill O'Herlihy
Bill O'Herlihy

The words 'icon' and 'legend' are sometimes bandied around the sporting world without much justification.

But these terms justly and aptly describe the broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy, who passed away last Monday.

His sudden and untimely death has shocked and saddened the whole country. Bill was a gifted sports broadcaster, who had a long career on our TV screens, going back half a century.

He hosted ten World Cups and ten Olympic games, becoming a household name in the process.

For most of us he'll always be the affable referee in the midst of the heated panel discussions during many of Ireland's international soccer games. Dunphy, Giles and Brady could all have a great day at the office but unless Bill was there it just wasn't the same.

He was a national treasure. Rest in peace.

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