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TV legend Bill O'Herlihy has died
25 May 2015 19:07
The death has taken place of RTÉ broadcaster and journalist Bill O’Herlihy. He passed away peacefully at home this morning. He was 76.
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Bill was the much-loved presenter of RTÉ’s coverage of the Olympic Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.
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Last summer’s World Cup final between Germany and Argentina saw Bill retire after a television career spanning five decades.
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Noel Curran, Director-General, RTÉ, 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.
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"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.
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"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."
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