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Thursday 28 August 2014

RTE sports anchor Bill O'Herlihy will consider work offers from rival stations

Anita McSorley

Published 12/07/2014 | 17:21

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Bill O'Herlihy is preparing to sign off for the last time.
Bill O'Herlihy is preparing to sign off for the last time.
Bill O’Herlihy prepares for another broadcast in RTÉ before the veteran broadcaster calls time on his illustrious career with World Cup 2014 coverage. Photo: Ronan Lang.
Bill O’Herlihy prepares for another broadcast in RTÉ before the veteran broadcaster calls time on his illustrious career with World Cup 2014 coverage. Photo: Ronan Lang.
Bill O'Herlihy. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Bill O'Herlihy. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Sports anchor Bill O’Herlihy has revealed that he will consider work offers from rival stations after he ends his almost 50-year-long RTE career tomorrow night.

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The 75-year-old legendary broadcaster has anchored ten World Cups on RTE, starting with the 1978 competition in Argentina.

The veteran presenter will host his last RTE World Cup final in front of an estimated one million viewers during the Germany and Argentina clash tomorrow.

He has revealed he will consider any suitable offers from RTE rivals, such as Sky, TV3 and UTV.

“Nobody has come to talk to me yet but of course I will consider any proposal put to me,” he said.

The father-of-two also said he would be “open possibly to a series of one-to-one sporting interviews”.

Talking about his plans after he leaves RTE, he said that he won’t be calling it a day.

Bill O’Herlihy prepares for another broadcast in RTÉ before the veteran broadcaster calls time on his illustrious career with World Cup 2014 coverage. Photo: Ronan Lang.
Bill O’Herlihy prepares for another broadcast in RTÉ before the veteran broadcaster calls time on his illustrious career with World Cup 2014 coverage. Photo: Ronan Lang.

“I don’t think I could put my feet up. When my father retired from the Orthopaedic Hospital in Cork, he was replaced by three people.

“Now I wouldn’t be replaced by three people but I think I would have the same work ethic. I couldn’t imagine myself doing nothing," he told the Irish Daily Star.

“And I’ll tell you something, my wife Hilary would be much more annoyed if I was hanging around the house.”

The Corkman plans to take a short break in Spain from at the beginning of next week before going back to his public relations company.

“I have a house in Spain and that’s where I’m going for two weeks to relax. And then back to my PR business, for a while."

O'Herlihy said he thought the finale of the World Cup 2014 was the 'best' time to bow out.

 "I could have continued for another two years, but thought it would be best to bow out now, at the end of the World Cup. And what a tournament it's been," he told Irish Independent.

"There won't be tears," he continued.

"At least I hope there won't. I've had a really great life and have been very lucky to be in the right place at the right time."

He said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family – wife Hilary and daughters Jill and Sally.

"I've never considered myself to be a 'television personality'," he added.

"I'm simply here to facilitate discussion within an expert panel. They – Eamon, John, Liam and the others – are the stars. I'm simply piggy-backing along."

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