| 15.1°C Dublin

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

Close

Marty Whelan

Marty Whelan

Marty Whelan

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.

Close

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

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.'"

Close

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

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.

Video of the Day


Related Content

One of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, Bill O'Herlihy, has died aged 76. He was the anchor for decades on some of RTE's flagship soccer and sports coverage, and a major player in public relations. RTE said he died peacefully at home this morning (RTE/PA Wire) Gallery








Most Watched





Privacy