Broadcasting veteran Bill O’Herlihy has passed away suddenly, aged 76. Bill had 49 years’ experience as a broadcaster, along with his extensive work in the communications and PR sectors in Ireland, having founded the O’Herlihy Communications Group in 1973.
The Cork man started as a journalist at the age of 16 with the-then Cork Examiner, before moving to RTÉ as a broadcaster in the 1960s. He was RTÉ’s chief sports presenter for most major sporting events, particularly focusing on soccer. He covered many FIFA World Cups, Olympic Games, and UEFA European Football Championships. He was the presenter of the very first Rugby World Cup on RTÉ television, as well as co-presenting the first Sunday Game with Jim Carney.
Bill retired from RTÉ last year at the end of the 2014 World Cup.
Sincere sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.
Anna Henderson @Anna_Hend