Tributes pour in after death of legendary anchorman Bill O'Herlihy
With the death yesterday of Bill O'Herlihy, I lost more than a work colleague and a friend; the man who had the single biggest effect on my career passed away aged 76.
The greatest sports broadcaster we have ever seen did not live long to enjoy the fruits of the retirement he so richly earned.
However, he has left behind a template for the neophytes that inhabit modern day sports radio and television.
O'Herlihy's skill was that he constantly made every effort to make his guests look good.
My father once remarked, "any eejit can try and look smart, but it takes a very smart man to look like an eejit."
Bill's genius was that he played the ordinary man to perfection.
He lobbed grenades at John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady with a disarming opening line.
Dunphy defined presenting perfectly, "the role of the presenter," he said, "was not to show how much he knew, but rather how much the guest knew."
It fitted O'Herlihy like a glove.