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Video: 'We'll leave it there so' - Bill O'Herlihy bids emotional farewell to RTE

Published 13/07/2014 | 23:45

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It wasn't all okey-doke at RTE last night as the curtain came down on the amazing broadcasting career at RTE for sports anchor Bill O'Herlihy.

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RTE produced a beautiful montage (view below) after Bill and his punditry pals Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady has dissected Germany's 1-0 victory over Argentina in the World Cup final.

A clearly emotional Bill O'Herlihy said his goodbyes after watching his proud grandchildren end the montage.

"That's extraordinarily generous I must say, I really appreciate it," the 75-year-old broadcaster said

"I take my leave with so many great memories through more than 40 years of sports broadcasting.

"I've been lucky to be part of a huge, positive development in RTE Sports coverage that brought so many great occasions to the public.

"My work on soccer and most especially with the three amigos here has been the great highlight of my career.

"Eamon and I have soldiered together since the 70s, John since the 80s and Liam from the 90s. They have brought knowledge, insight, controversy and regularly and importantly a sense of fun to our coverage.

"Of course we've had our difference and sometimes I lost the run of myself and thought I was an analyst rather than an anchor and I got very much put in my place but I've had so much fun over the years and learned so much about football.

"I have piggybacked on the talent of these three gentlemen.

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"I have been privileged to serve you the viewers and you have been astonishingly generous down through the years.

"Now I leave the studio and I'll view your work from the other side of the screen. I wish you continued success but like the Skibbereen eagle, I'll keep an eye on you.

"So we'll leave it there so. Okey-doke, goodnight and God bless."

The veteran presenter has anchored 10 World Cups on RTE, starting with the 1978 competition in Argentina. He says that his favourite was the 1990 World Cup.

Among those to contribute to the montage were Robbie Keane, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jerry Kiernan, George Hook, Jimmy Barry Murphy and Ronnie Whelan. View it below.

Fans took to social media to thank you to Bill for the last 49 years as a broadcast journalist and #okeydoke was trending. Here are some of the tweets:

View the story "Fans take to social media to praise Bill O'Herlihy on a wonderful career" on Storify

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