Wednesday 22 November 2017

Roddy Doyle pens tribute short story on Bill O'Herlihy: 'D’yeh know what it is - ? He made me happy'

John Giles, the late Bill O'Herlihy and Roddy Doyle
John Giles, the late Bill O'Herlihy and Roddy Doyle
Bill O'Herlihy
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Legendary Dublin writer Roddy Doyle is the latest well-known Irish figure to pay tribute to the late broadcasting legend Bill O'Herlihy (76) - by posting a short story to Facebook.

Doyle, author of books including The Snapper, The Van, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, posted a conversation between two characters on his Facebook page.

The two characters chat fondly about Bill - "the best thing on telly".

Check it out:

-See Bill O’Herlihy died.

-I can’t believe it.

-I know – . Same here.

-I can’t - . He was brilliant.

-The best – him and the other lads. The best thing on telly.

-He was one o’ those people - . Did yeh ever meet him?

-No, but I know wha’ yeh mean. It was like we knew him.

-An’ liked him.

-Loved him.

-He took the football seriously.

-Like politics.

-Exactly. He took us seriously.

-He’d have the lads riled up an’ you’d flick across to ITV an’ there’d be

ads, and yeh’d flick back to Bill an’ the lads would still be shoutin’ –

an’ yeh’d flick to BBC an’ they’d be analysin’ Thierry Henry’s fuckin’

cardigan. An’ back to RTE an’ Bill an’ the lads would still be talkin’

abou’ football.

-No shite or fashion statements.

-Except Bill’s ties.

-D’yeh know what it is - ? He made me happy.

-Yep.

-After watchin’ him. I might be shoutin’ at the telly. But I was always

happy.

-You can’t say more abou’ the man, really, can yeh? He made us happy.

-Okey doke.

-Good night an’ God bless.

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