Tuesday 25 July 2017

‘It was nice he got to spend his last hours at the IFTAs’- Bill O’Herlihy’s daughter Sally on losing her beloved dad

Bill O'Herlihy at 2007's IFTA Awards
Bill O'Herlihy at 2007's IFTA Awards
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The late Bill O’Herlihy’s daughter Sally has opened up about the last moments of her father’s life, and said it was nice that he spent his last night with his colleagues and friends.

The late RTE broadcaster died suddenly in May 2015, the day after attending the annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

The late Bill O'Herlihy at 2007's IFTA Awards
The late Bill O'Herlihy at 2007's IFTA Awards

Sally revealed that she takes comfort in the fact that her dad was at the centre of one of Ireland’s happiest events, despite the shock of her loss.

“It is still a shock to us all, but it was lovely for him to have lived the last few hours at the IFTAs,” said Sally speaking in RTE’s Cloch le Carn documentary.

The Cork-born broadcaster was 76 when he died, but Sally said he thoroughly was enjoying retirement from RTE, which he took in 2014.

“He always said the time had to come to step back from the big event. He said ‘I do not want to walk into studio on a zimmer frame’.

“It was a lovely way to go on a World Cup final. He had done London and I’m delighted he got to do Katie Taylor’s gold medal. He was very much at peace with it,” said Sally.

The late Bill on set with his grandchildren during RTE’s World Cup coverage
The late Bill on set with his grandchildren during RTE’s World Cup coverage
The O’ Herlihy family, from left, Sally O’Herlihy, Isla Conlon, Hilary O’ Herlihy, Bill O’ Herlihy, Jack Conlon (3) & Jill O’ Herlihy during the launch of the broadcaster’s autobiography ‘We’ll Leave It There So’ in 2012
The O’ Herlihy family, from left, Sally O’Herlihy, Isla Conlon, Hilary O’ Herlihy, Bill O’ Herlihy, Jack Conlon (3) & Jill O’ Herlihy during the launch of the broadcaster’s autobiography ‘We’ll Leave It There So’ in 2012

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