Friday 24 November 2017

RTE's Marty Whelan pays tribute to 'absolute gentleman' Bill O'Herlihy

Marty Whelan
Marty Whelan
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

TV legend Marty Whelan has spoken highly of fellow RTE broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy.

Marty said that his interactions with the late sports commentator were always positive and he will be remembered as a legend.

"He was an absolute gentleman," the 58-year-old Winning Streak host said of O'Herlihy.

"Kind, considerate, friendly, he would always give you a wave and a smile," Dublin native Marty added.

Marty Whelan and Sinead kennedy on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pic: Mac innes photography
Marty Whelan and Sinead kennedy on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pic: Mac innes photography

"As Terry Wogan would say, Irish people, myself included, are known for walking down the corridor and saying 'Hello, hello, howrya' about eighteen times. And that was Bill. A lovely, kind gentleman."

"He also looked incredibly well, I would never have known he was 76," Marty said.

His Winning Streak co-presenter Sinead Kennedy added that unfortunately she had never met the Match of the Day icon.

"It's awfully sad news," the Corkonian stated. "I'm disappointed that I never knew him.  We never had crossed paths before. Of course growing up I always remember watching him over the years and saying 'We'll leave it there, so.'"

Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan
Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan

"Of course, we're thinking of his family at this sad time," the presenting duo concluded.

Marty and Sinead were speaking at the launch of the new season of the National Lottery's Winning Streak,

The popular game show, which is the longest running TV game show in Europe, returns to RTE One on June 20th.

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