Thursday 20 September 2018

RTE legend Bill O'Herlily to be remembered on the Late Late Show

Bill O'Herhily
Bill O'Herhily

Legendary broadcaster Bill O'Herlily will be laid to rest on Friday and will be honoured with a special tribute on that night's Late Late Show.

The well-known broadcaster died peacefully at his home on Monday morning after attending the IFTAs at Dublin's Mansion House the night before.

The funeral mass will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin.

He will be buried afterwards at Shanganagh cemetery.

The Cork native, who died aged 76, had an incredible career spanning six decades that started aged 16 in the Cork Examiner.

He went on to work at the Evening Echo and later became a correspondent for RTE before becoming a stalwart of their sports department.

In 1973 he set up the O'Herlihy Communications Group and went on to have a dual career as a broadcaster and a PR consultant.

He anchored coverage of 10 World Cups and 10 Olympic Games before his retirement last year.

Just last week, less than a year after his final broadcast, he had been working on a new programme for RTE that would look back on his favourite sporting moments.


This Friday night, a number of Bill's friends and RTE colleagues will appear on the Late Late Show to look back on his remarkable life.

While no guests have been confirmed a spokesperson for RTE said: "The Late Late will be celebrating Bill O'Herlihy's life on the show this Friday night.

"Other RTE tributes are planned but it is too early to announce details currently."

The FAI has confirmed it will honour O'Herlihy before the Republic of Ireland's crucial European qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on June 13. The FAI said Mr O'Herlihy's family will be invited to attend the game.

"What normally happens is the players stand around the centre circle before the game and the announcer will tell the crowd that we are having a minute's silence, or sometimes a minute's applause, depending on the occasion," a spokesperson said.

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