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Bill O’Herlihy’s family give Apres Match the ‘okey doke’ to continue with Billo character

Published 15/09/2015 | 10:13

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The late Bill O'Herlihy
Members of Apres Match Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper & Gary Cooke during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE family of the late broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy have given Apres Match permission to continue using the ‘Billo’ character in sketches.

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The iconic RTE broadcaster died in May at the age of 76.

Gary Cooke, Risteard Cooper and Barry Murphy returned last week with the popular sketch show.

However before reprising the ‘Billo’ character, the Apres Match team contacted the late broadcaster’s family to get permission, according to The Sun.

A source told the paper that the team were very fond of Bill – and didn’t want to offend his family.

“The family were more than happy for it to continue and they really appreciated being contacted and asked. The lads are delighted because Bill was such an integral part of Irish sporting life and they’re thrilled he will still be a big part of the series”, they said.

The late Bill O'Herlihy
The late Bill O'Herlihy

The sketches first began airing in 1996 and quickly became a regular part of RTE’s soccer coverage.

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