Roddy Doyle pens tribute short story on Bill O'Herlihy: 'D’yeh know what it is - ? He made me happy'
Legendary Dublin writer Roddy Doyle is the latest well-known Irish figure to pay tribute to the late broadcasting legend Bill O'Herlihy (76) - by posting a short story to Facebook.
Doyle, author of books including The Snapper, The Van, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, posted a conversation between two characters on his Facebook page.
The two characters chat fondly about Bill - "the best thing on telly".
Check it out:
-See Bill O’Herlihy died.
-I can’t believe it.
-I know – . Same here.
-I can’t - . He was brilliant.
-The best – him and the other lads. The best thing on telly.
-He was one o’ those people - . Did yeh ever meet him?
-No, but I know wha’ yeh mean. It was like we knew him.
-An’ liked him.
-He took the football seriously.
-Exactly. He took us seriously.
-He’d have the lads riled up an’ you’d flick across to ITV an’ there’d be
ads, and yeh’d flick back to Bill an’ the lads would still be shoutin’ –
an’ yeh’d flick to BBC an’ they’d be analysin’ Thierry Henry’s fuckin’
cardigan. An’ back to RTE an’ Bill an’ the lads would still be talkin’
-No shite or fashion statements.
-Except Bill’s ties.
-D’yeh know what it is - ? He made me happy.
-After watchin’ him. I might be shoutin’ at the telly. But I was always
-You can’t say more abou’ the man, really, can yeh? He made us happy.
-Good night an’ God bless.