Veteran broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy dies, aged 76

ONE OF Ireland’s best-loved broadcasters, Bill O’Herlihy, has died aged 76.

Bill O'Herlihy, one of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, has died aged 76. Picture: PA

He was the anchor for decades on some of RTE’s flagship soccer and sports coverage, and a major player in public relations.

A former reporter with the national broadcaster, O’Herlihy went on to carve out a lengthy career in television with sidekicks John Giles and Eamon Dunphy, covering some of the most momentous occasions in Irish sport.

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RTE said he died peacefully at home this morning.

Noel Curran, director-general of the broadcaster, said: “Everyone in RTE 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.”

Born in Cork, Bill O’Herlihy became a journalist at 16, writing for the Cork Examiner.

His first broadcast for RTE was a piece commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast for Newsbeat in 1965.

He later worked on 7 Days. In 1973, he founded the O’Herlihy Communications Group.