Monday 20 February 2017

Bill O'Herlihy's 'three amigos' fight back tears as they remember the friend they'll miss

Published 29/05/2015 | 23:56

Bill O'Herlihy with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final
Bill O'Herlihy with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final

Bill O’Herlihy’s ‘three amigos’ joined forces last night to bid a final farewell to their friend and colleague.

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Football pundits John Giles, Liam Brady, Eamon Dunphy appeared on The Late Late Show just hours after the iconic sports anchor was laid to rest.

Bill's Après Match Alter Ego, Risteard Cooper and RTE sports colleagues Ryle Nugent and George Hamilton also paid tribute to the legendary broadcaster, who died suddenly in his sleep last Monday at the age of 76.

Read more: Bill O'Herlihy's wife and daughters lead mourners in sorrowful goodbye to legendary broadcaster

Funny side: Apres Match's Risteard Cooper (centre) as anchor Bill
Funny side: Apres Match's Risteard Cooper (centre) as anchor Bill
The late Bill O'Herlihy

Dunphy broke down in tears as he told viewers how he’ll miss O’Herlihy.

“He was someone that was at the very heart of our national life because we love sport, we love Cork people,” said Dunphy.

“We’ve lost someone who is irreplaceable in our national life... How much we took that for granted.

“Bill had a meaning in our place. I’ll miss him,” he added.

Read more: 'I miss the RTE studio and would consider new roles' – Bill O'Herlihy in one of his final interviews

Late Late host Ryan Turbidy reminded viewers that O’’Herlihy announced retirement on the show last year after 49 years of broadcasting.

He revealed the pair met only a week ago at RTE – where flags were flown at half mast today – and O’Herlihy revealed a programme was being made on his life.

O’Herlihy is survived by his wife Hilary, daughters Jill and Sally and five grandchildren

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