Twitter unites to offer condolences on Bill O’Herlihy’s passing

25 May 2015

Image of Bill O'Herlhy via RTÉ

Following the news of the sudden passing of legendary RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy, the people of Ireland have taken to Twitter to offer their sympathies and remember the much-loved Cork man.

Aged 76, Bill had only retired from his role as anchor of RTE’s soccer coverage last year, having taken up the role with the Irish broadcaster in 1978.

Alongside the regular panel of retired footballers Johnny Giles, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy, Bill was well-known for being the person to ‘throw in the grenade’ when it came to drawing out controversial statements from the ever-emotional panel.

It was an emotional farewell for the presenter last year, who had announced he was to retire following the hosting of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and for his retirement RTÉ commissioned a thank you video for the Cork native, which in hindsight offers as good a tribute as any to the man known to the entire country as just ‘Bill’, regardless of whether they were interested in soccer or not.

Unsurprisingly, the shock news has provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, where people from across Ireland offered their condolences to Bill’s family and everyone who knew him personally.


Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic