13 July 2014 | News Comments

Bill O'Herlihy - We'll Leave It There So

Broadcasting legend Bill O'Herlihy has retired after 49 years on air, including 10 World Cups and 10 Olympic Games.

Born in Cork, Bill O’Herlihy became a journalist at 16, writing for the Cork Examiner. His first broadcast for RTÉ was a piece a commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast for Newsbeat in 1965. 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. In 1973, he founded the O'Herlihy Communications Group.

He has worked in broadcasting since the 1960s, and has 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.

He has covered 10 World Cups including Brazil 2014 and 10 Olympics. Bill also presented the first Rugby World Cup on RTÉ television as well as co-presenting the very first Sunday Game with Jim Carney in 1979. He had a heart attack in 1984 and needed a major operation in 2007 because of a colon cancer tumour - but recovered to resume his place as anchor of RTÉ's soccer coverage .

He won a Jacob's award for his presentation of the 1990 World Cup, Irish Sports Journalist of the Year 2003, and in 2007 he was named the Irish Film and Television Academy's Television Personality of the Year.