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Sunday 4 December 2016

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

Published 29/05/2015 | 12:05

Hilary O'Herlihy, wife of Bill, pictured with her two daughters Sally and Jill as they arrive at the Church of Our Lady Foxrock for Bill O'Herlihy's
Hilary O'Herlihy, wife of Bill, pictured with her two daughters Sally and Jill as they arrive at the Church of Our Lady Foxrock for Bill O'Herlihy's
John Giles and Eamonn help carry the remains of Bill O Herlihy from The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Rugby pundits Brent Pope and Paul Wallace pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Richie Sadlier pictured Hilary O Herlihy , wife of Bill O Herlihy, outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Nora Owen pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Ray Houghton pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
President Michael D Higgins pictured with Eamon Dunphy, outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Brian Kerr and Sean Kelly pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
RTE Des Cahill pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Frank Flannery comforts Hilary O Herlihy , wife of Bill O Herlihy, outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Lorraine Keane pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Sports commentator George Hamilton pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Mary Hanafin pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
RTE's Sean O Rourke pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Liam Brady helps carry the remains of Bill O Herlihy as Hilary O Herlihy wife of Bill O Herlihy pictured with her two daughters Sally and Jill look on at the Church of Our Lady Foxrock. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Eoghan Harris pictured outside The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
RTE's Marty Morrissey pictured with Olivia Tracey, pictured The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock after the Funeral mass for Bill O Herlihy. 29/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
Miriam O'Callaghan arriving at the church with her mother
Des Cahill arriving at the church for the funeral of Bill O'Herlihy
Tom McGurk, left, and Brent Pope arriving at the church
Peter Collins arriving for the funeral of Bill O'Herlihy
Ryle Nugent arriving at the church for the funeral of Bill O'Herlihy
President Higgins
Des Cahill arriving at the church
Liam Brady pictured outside the Church of Our Lady Foxrock for Bill O Herlihy's funeral mass
Hilary O'Herlihy, wife of Bill, pictured with her two daughters Sally and Jill as they arrive at the Church of Our Lady Foxrock for Bill O'Herlihy's
Liam Brady, centre, helps lift coffin from hearse to church

President Michael D Higgins led mourners at the funeral of the legendary Bill O'Herlihy today.

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The service at the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Dublin's Foxrock saw the panel - Bill's "dysfunctional family, the three amigos" - as chief celebrant Fr Tom O'Keeffe quipped - gather together one last time to say a sad farewell.

Amongst those carrying the coffin was pundit Liam Brady while Eamon Dunphy and John Giles each said a prayer of the faithful.

Bill's Après Match Alter Ego, Risteard Cooper, was amongst mourners at the funeral of the iconic broadcaster who passed away in his sleep last Monday at the age of 76.

The Taoiseach was represented by his Aide de Camp, Kieran Carey.

Arts Minister Heather Humphries was in attendance.

Also there were a host of RTE top executives and sports presenters including Marty Morrissey, Ryle Nugent, Peter Collins and Hugh Cahill; former Fianna Fáil TD Mary Hanafin; Film producer Lelia Doolan and broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan who came with her mother Clara.

Hillary O'Herlihy and daughters Sally and Jill accompanied the remains on the emotional journey from the family home to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Dublin's Foxrock.

Fr O Keeffe told mourners that Bill's strong faith had led him to work on a programme exposing illegal moneylenders who had preyed on the poor.

"He was prepared to take the rap and stand his ground with integrity when people in higher places were often indifferent," said Fr O'Keeffe.

Bill saw the 'hand of God' in events which saw him moved from current affairs to the sports department "where he flourished", he added.

Flags at RTE were flown at half mast throughout the day.

Former Miss Ireland Olivia Treacy and Newstalk presenter George Hook were also at the funeral.

Yesterday other famous faces paid their respects to the deceased at Flanagan’s Funeral Home in Dundrum, Dublin.

Broadcaster Pat Kenny revealed he had been in talks with Bill in the hope that he would come in as a panellist for his Newstalk radio show.

The sports anchor had poignantly asked for “a chance to have a rest” after his retirement before he took on a new challenge.

“But it was never to be,” Kenny reflected. “He had a brilliant career.”

Kenny noted that he had never heard anyone say a bad word about the RTE sports presenter.

“In a business that is very cynical, there was no cynicism about Bill,” he said.

Kenny was one of many well-known personalities who turned yesterday ahead of today’s funeral.

Former footballer Niall Quinn and TD Michael Lowry also paid tribute to O’Herlihy along with Gay Byrne and World Athletics Championships gold medallist Eamonn Coghlan.

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

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