Bill O'Herlihy, the long-time face of RTÉ's sports coverage, has passed away today at the age of 76.
The legendary broadcaster who was a household name, recently retired from his position in RTÉ, which was marked with an incredible montage highlighting his contributions to the channel and to Irish life over the years.
O'Herlihy passed away peacefully at his home this morning, and will be missed by all those that worked with him or that have watched him over the years. In his time with RTÉ, he presented 10 World Cups, most recently the tournament in Brazil in 2014, 10 Olympic Games and the first rugby World Cup on the station.
Speaking a short time ago about his passing, director general of RTE Noel Curran said "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".
Former RTÉ broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy has died aged 76. pic.twitter.com/JnD2gqRuaE
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) May 25, 2015
What are your fondest memories of Bill over the years? He just seemed to be one of the voices of our childhoods and teenage years. May he rest in peace.