RIP Bill O’Herlihy
Irish sport fans are today mourning the late, great Bill O’Herlihy who passed away this morning aged 76.
The Cork native had been a huge fanbase due to his genial demeanour, his gentle eloquence and his ability to bring the best out in his panelists.
Bill O’Herlihy was also a target of friendly fire by comedians and in particular the Aprés Match crew on RTÉ. His trademark sayings of ‘Okie Doke’ and ‘We’ll leave it there so’ were always delivered in his Cork accent and with a nod and smile.
The veteran broadcaster boasted a great career portfolio including 49 years, 10 World Cups and 10 Olympic Games. His skills as an interviewer were remarkable and he will be sadly missed by family and friends and of course his many fans.
RTÉ produced this fitting video tribute of ‘Bill O’Herlihy best bits’ upon his retirement at the end of last year’s World Cup.
Rest in Peace Bill
Bill O’Herlihy (26 September 1938 – 25 May 2015) was an Irish television broadcaster and public relations executive. He was best known for his broadcasts for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), primarily in the sporting arena. Presenter for 10 FIFA World Cups and 10 Summer Olympic Games, O’Herlihy was noted for his “Okey Doke” catchphrase. Retiring from RTÉ following its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, O’Herlihy was dead within the year. According to the Irish Examiner newspaper, “with the possible exception of Michael O’Hehir, Bill O’Herlihy was the broadcaster most universally welcome in Irish homes over the last 50 years.”