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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Des Cahill: I’ll never forget the emotional aftermath of Hillsborough

Sports broadcaster Des Cahill this morning recalled his own experience of the Hillsborough disaster and still finds it a very emotional time.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield.

With the annual ceremony at Anfield today, the RTE sports presenter recalled covering the aftermath and how it has left its mark.

“It’s a time I find very emotional,” he admitted this morning.

“I was working for Morning Ireland and I was sent over to Liverpool to cover the aftermath of it.”

“I was at Liverpool’s first league game after Hillsborough was against Everton and I’ll never forget the minute’s silence.”

“Everybody around me was in tears, it was incredibly poignant.”

Cahill added that Reds captain Steven Gerrard, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest of the 96 victims, was symbolic of the emotion surrounding Anfield last Sunday.

“Gerrard has said that the reason he covered his eyes after last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City was he was so emotional and just thinking of the people and the victims of Hillsborough,” he added.

Liverpool's players will be joined by their Everton counterparts will be in attendance as Anfield today for the annual memorial service, with Brendan Rodgers and Toffees boss Roberto Martinez among those to give readings during the service.

Declan Whooley

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