Statement from President Michael D. Higgins – Bill O’Herlihy

Statement from President Michael D. Higgins – Bill O’Herlihy

Published: Mon 25th May, 2015 | 17:54

President Higgins said today

“I have learned with sadness of the untimely death of journalist, chairman of The Irish Film Board/Bord Scánnan na hÉireann and  broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy. 
Bill was the face of Irish sports broadcasting for several decades and his rapport with sports fans all around the country was legendary, especially as part of the panel which he chaired for major soccer competitions.

Beginning his career in journalism at the age of sixteen, over sixty years he made a remarkable contribution to journalism, politics, public relations, broadcasting and our enjoyment of major sports events. Extremely professional in every detail of his work and 
knowledgeable in his endeavours; however, it was his unique capacity for humour which he used to connect with diverse audiences, which made him so special.

All of our thoughts at this time are with his wife, Hillary, his daughters Jill and Sally, his extended family, colleagues and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis"