Dublin’s Phibsborough’s newest landmark. In a collaboration between Póg Mo Goal, The Back Page, and the superb Omin, the Irish graffiti writer and illustrator has created a wonderful tribute to RTE’s much loved broadcaster, the late great Bill O’Herlihy, in advance of the bar’s upcoming Italia 90 Day.
RTE’s Soccer Republic paid a moving tribute to the late Bill O’Herlihy. With lump in throat, host Peter Collins was joined by George Hamilton, Darragh Maloney and Brian Kerr to speak warmly of their former colleague and broadcaster much-loved by Irish sports fans.
He’s been the steady hand guiding generations of football fans through some of the most heady days in Irish sport. After decades on our television, and 36 years tearing his hair out with everyone from Denis Irwin to Don Givens on RTE’s football panels, Bill O’Herlihy is embarking on his final World Cup as anchor. ybig.ie look back at some of Billo’s memorable moments.
Bride Julia Ann Coleman enlisted the help of RTE’s soccer panel for a special wedding day present to new husband David Jones.
The match action itself has been re-run many times. Now for your viewing pleasure, we’ve unearthed some lesser known footage of the television coverage surrounding Ireland’s remarkable early successes under Jack Charlton. Beginning with the official film of Euro 88, followed by ITV’s coverage of the game with England when Liam Brady reveled in putting Brian Clough straight. From there, we move onto the heady days of Italia 90 qualification through to the finals themselves when RTE’s pioneering coverage rewrote the manual on football punditry.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It was a must win game at home, with a World Cup play-off at stake. October 2005 and Ireland under Brian Kerr surrendered to Switzerland with a whimper. The RTE analysis is depressingly familiar.
“The circus rolls on, right down the road to Rome”