'A national treasure' - Tributes pour in following death of beloved broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy
Hundreds of people are taking to online social media site Twitter to offer their condolences to the family and friends of the retired RTE broadcaster.
The 76-year-old passed away at his home this morning.
A tearful Eamon Dunphy has hailed Bill O'Herlihy as a great broadcaster, stating that his ability to engage people set him apart from all others.
"He was a fantastic broadcaster and a very, very nice man. A decent man and great fun.
"He had a journalist's sharp instincts and he'd often pull me up, or Liam Brady in particular. Behind it all, we were all great friends."
"He was by far the most important person on that panel. He was the catalyst for all that was good on it.
Grew up watching Bill O'Herlihy. He was working on a new show for RTÉ One at the time of his death earlier, his family says #RIPBill— Eoin English (@EoinBearla) May 25, 2015
We'll leave it there. Interviewed him several times, what a lovely man. #RIPBill— Nobby (@NobbyFM104) May 25, 2015
So sad Bill O'Herlihy has passed away after retiring from RTE so recently. Two giants of broadcasting, Bill and Derek Davis, gone too soon.— Colette Browne (@colettebrowne) May 25, 2015
RIP Bill O'Herlihy. You expertly ran one of the greatest and undoubtedly the most entertaining sports panels of all time. Legend. #RIPBill— Feel Good Lost (@brendan_canty) May 25, 2015
#RIPBIll No one did it like O'Herlihy.— Danny O Driscoll (@dangdriscolls) May 25, 2015
#RIPBill Absolutely crazy... What a legend, will never be replaced!— Matthew Lambe (@Matt_Lambe) May 25, 2015
FAI chief executive John Delaney echoed those sentiments.
"We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the passing of Bill O’Herlihy," he said. "A true national treasure, he was a fantastic journalist and interviewer, who made a unique contribution to Irish sports journalism. I have known him for over twenty years.
"We offer our sincere condolences to his family, his wife Hilary, and his daughters Jill and Sally."