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Wednesday 18 July 2018

WATCH: 'We're going to give it a lash!' - Archive footage of Bill O'Herlihy from Italia 90 and Euro 88

Bill O'Herlihy in RTE studio for Euro 88
Bill O'Herlihy in RTE studio for Euro 88
Bill O'Herlihy
Bill O'Herlihy presents 'Sports Stadium' (1974)
World Cup 1978
Broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy of RTÉ Sport (2000)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

RTE has released archive footage ahead of a tribute to legendary broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy which will air next week.

O'Herlihy, who passed away in May last year, had been the face familiar to everyone who followed the highs of lows of Italia '90, USA '94, Saipan and more.

In the first of the two archive clips he declares, "We're going to give it a lash!" as Ireland prepares to face England in their first ever World Cup finals game.

In the second, he introduces half-time analysis as Ireland face England in Stuttgart in 1988.

Cloch Le Carn, airing on RTE One on Monday at 7.30pm, will look back at Bill's life and a career split between current affairs and sports broadcasting.

He was born in Cork in 1938 and wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a journalist.  His grandfather had been News Editor of The Cork Examiner.

World Cup 1978

While working at the paper, Bill became one of the first regional reporters for RTE before landing his own primetime current affairs show Seven Days.

In 1969 he was the reporter on a programme which exposed illegal money-lending in Ireland.  The production methods caused controversy and led to an RTE inquiry and an Oireachtas Tribunal of Inquiry.

Following the fallout Bill moved to RTE Sport where he controlled the studio panel from 1978, mediating on discussions on Jack Charlton, Trappatoni and Roy Keane.

Although he retired from RTE Sport after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in 2014, he was preparing to shoot a new series for RTE but passed away before it was completed.


He is survived by his wife Hilary and daughters Jill and Sally.

Cloch Le Carn includes interviews with his daughters, his friend Frank Flannery and on screen sparring partner Eamon Dunphy. Terry Prone, Emmet Ryan, Pat Butler and Bob Collins are also contributors.

Cloch Le Carn, RTE One, Monday, 7.30pm.


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