FAI Pay Respects To Bill O’Herlihy


The Football Association of Ireland have paid their respects to Bill O’Herlihy, who passed away last night aged 76.

The popular presenter was a household name for decades for his work on RTE’s football coverage since the early 1970s.

During his time with RTE, he covered ten World Cups and ten Olympic Games before retiring last Summer.

O’Herlihy was synonymous with Italia ’90, and is remembered fondly for his work on RTE’s panel for Republic of Ireland games. Bill was held in high regard by Irish football fans for his unique approach to his role as presenter, opening football up to both young and old, sporting and non-sporting.

The tributes on his retirement showed the high regard he was held in by the Irish public, and his colleagues at RTE.

Speaking today, John Delaney, FAI CEO said,

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the passing of Bill O’Herlihy. A true national treasure, he was a fantastic journalist and interviewer, who made a unique contribution to Irish sports journalism. I have known him for over twenty years. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, his wife Hilary, and his daughters Jill and Sally.”

The FAI will honour Bill O’Herlihy’s contribution to Irish football at its international matches in June. 

Ar dheis de go raibh a h-anam.

Image courtesy of RTE.ie


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