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'Workaholic' Bill aims to hone his handicap

Bill O'Herlihy has vowed to reduce his golf handicap now that he has bowed out of the RTE soccer hot seat.

However, he says retirement is not an option - because he is a workaholic.

O'Herlihy, who hosted Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady through years of soccer punditry, disappeared from our screens after the World Cup.

And now he is hoping to bring his golf game back to what it was, describing his current handicap of 19.7 as "desperate".

"I once played off 10 and played brilliant for years off 12, so my hope is I'll bring it down," said the 76-year-old Corkman when asked about his future plans.

O'Herlihy will still remain busy off the fairway as well, saying he intends to keep on working.


"My father was a workaholic and to some extent I'm a workaholic, but I think the stress levels at home if I retire will be enormous, so I'm much better off out of the house working," he said.

"I have a little bit more free time, but whether that reflects well on the golf remains to be seen."

O'Herlihy began his working life in newspapers, moving to news in RTE and then to sport.

He also set up a very successful PR and communications company, as well as acting as a media adviser to Fine Gael in the late 1970s, and was one of Garrett FitzGerald's handlers during his two-terms as Taoiseach in the 1980s.

"I was contracted by RTE for 49 years. I could have been staff if I wanted to but I didn't. I went into TV to see how good I'd be, and I went into business to see how good I'd be," he told TV3.