Thursday 22 August 2019

O'Herlihy's widow targeted by thieves as she visited sports presenter's grave

Bill and Hillary O'Herlihy
Bill and Hillary O'Herlihy
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The widow of legendary sports presenter Bill O'Herlihy was targeted by thieves as she visited his grave in a Dublin cemetery.

Hilary O'Herlihy was attending the grave in Shanganagh Cemetery in south Dublin when her car was broken into in the car park.

A sum of €250 was taken from her purse.

Her daughter Jill took to Twitter to vent her anger at what had happened.

"€250 cash was stolen from my mum's purse in her car whilst visiting dad's grave. I'm livid that she has to go through this," she said.

Ms O'Herlihy's tweet was quickly responded to by her followers, with people expressing shock and anger.

"So sorry to hear what happened to your mum," wrote one.

"That is disgraceful. What kind of scumbags target cars at graveyards?" asked another.

Bill O'Herlihy died at home in May aged 76, less than a year after he retired from his role as the nation's most distinguished and most recognised sports anchor.

He was laid to rest in Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill, not far from his Foxrock home.

He was one of RTÉ's best-loved hosts until his retirement last year after 49 years on air.

Irish Independent

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