Widow of Bill O'Herlihy robbed as she visited his grave

Bill O'Herlihy's widow, Hilary, and daughters, Sally and Jill, at his funeral
Bill O'Herlihy's widow, Hilary, and daughters, Sally and Jill, at his funeral

The widow of legendary sports presenter Bill O’Herlihy has been robbed as she visited his grave in a Dublin cemetery.

Hilary O’Herlihy was attending the grave in Shanganagh Cemetery in south Dublin when her car was targeted in the car park. A sum of €250 was taken from her purse.

Her daughter Jill O’Herlihy took to Twitter last night to vent her anger at what had happened.

“€250 cash was stolen from my mums purse in her car whilst visiting Dads grave. I’m livid that she has to go through this,” she said.

Ms O’Herlihy’s tweet was quickly responded to by her followers, with people expressing shock and anger.

“So sorry to hear what happened to your Mum,” wrote one.

“What is this country coming to, an absolute scandal.”

“That is disgraceful. What kind of scumbags target cars at graveyards?!” said another.

Bill O’Herlihy died at home in May aged 76, less than a year after he retired from his role as the nation’s most distinguished and most recognised sports anchors.

He was laid to rest in Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill, not far from his Foxrock home.

The broadcaster was one of RTE’s best-loved and most respected hosts up until his retirement last year after 49 years on air. He became a journalist at the age of 16.

His first broadcast for RTE was in 1965 - a piece commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast 50 years previously. During his long-running career, he covered ten World Cups, and ten Olympics.

Bill also presented the first Rugby World Cup on RTE television as well as co-presenting the first Sunday Game with Jim Carney in 1979.

One of the highlights of his career was the Italia 90 World Cup and the discussions around the games.

He was also the founder of the O’Herlihy Communications PR firm. He scooped a Jacob’s award or his presentation of the 1990 World Cup.

Conor Feehan