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Broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy dies
26 May 2015 00:12
Former RTÉ broadcaster and PR executive Bill O'Herlihy has died aged 76.
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He passed away peacefully at home this morning.
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The Cork man retired from RTÉ last year, at the end of the 2014 World Cup, after a 49-year broadcasting career.
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At 16, he became a journalist for the Cork Examiner.
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His first broadcast for RTÉ was a piece on commemorations of the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast for Newsbeat in 1965.
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He later worked on the programme 7 Days, but moved away from news a year after an episode of the programme on illegal money lending became the subject of a tribunal of inquiry.
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In 1973, he founded the O'Herlihy Communications Group.
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He had worked in broadcasting since the 1960s, and had been RTÉ's chief sports presenter for major events such as Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Football Championships and European and World Track and Field Championships.
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