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.
-He took the football seriously.
-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’
-No shite or fashion statements.
-Except Bill’s ties.
-D’yeh know what it is - ? He made me happy.
-After watchin’ him. I might be shoutin’ at the telly. But I was always
-You can’t say more abou’ the man, really, can yeh? He made us happy.
-Good night an’ God bless.
As 2015 draws to a close, Irish football fans can look forward to 2016 with great anticipation and excitement. We are back dining at Europe's top table but there will be one notable absentee when Martin O'Neill's Ireland grace the pitches in France at Euro 2016.
He leaves us with so many memories. Bill O'Herlihy died this morning at the age of 76 and the tributes to the broadcasting legend have been pouring in. Following his retirement from RTE last year, the national broadcaster released this montage.