Bill to give this year's Beal na mBlath oration
CORK sports broadcaster, Bill O'Herlihy has been chosen to give this year's address at the annual Michael Collins commemoration at Beal na mBlath in Mid-Cork in August.
Mr O'Herlihy, best known for chairing RTE's coverage of Champions League, European Championship and World Cup soccer games, will deliver the oration on August 25.
Beal na mBlath Annual Commemoration Committee Chairman, Dermot Collins confirmed this week that Mr O'Herlihy has been chosen to address the 91st commemoration.
"Last year we were honoured to have An Taoiseach give the oration on the 90th anniversary of Collins' death and he obviously was a very high profile political figure," said Mr Collins.
"But we try to have as much variety as we can in terms of speakers and we think there will be great interest from people in hearing Bill O'Herlihy give the oration this year."
A native of Glasheen in Cork city, Mr O'Herlihy worked for the then Cork Examiner before joining RTE in the 1960s where he worked on the pioneering "7 Days" programme.
Mr O'Herlihy left RTE in 1973 and set up his own public relations company and, in 1977, he became a media adviser to Fine Gael under Garrett Fitzgerald.
Mr Collins pointed out that Mr O'Herlihy won't be the first sports broadcaster to give the oration at Beal na mBlath following as he does in the footsteps of the late Brendan O'Reilly.
"We've people from a range of walks of life give the oration including people from the world of sports such as Brendan O'Reilly, Sean Kelly and Peter Quinn," he said.