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13 reasons why we loved Bill O'Herlihy

His memorable role on the RTÉ panel and other reasons he has been dubbed a broadcasting great.

1. *That* hat during Italia ’90

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2. His reaction to this Naked Camera stunt

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3. The fact that there was more to him than just soccer punditry

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4. He inspired one of the best Apres Match creations

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5. He was one of the more down-to-Earth-seeming TV presenters

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6. Even when he's criticising others, he can't help but be lovely

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7. He calmed the storm that was brewing over Dunphy's infamous throwing of the pen

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8. The way he occasionally showed his disapproval of Eamon like a disappointed parent

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9. He was involved in one of the most meta bits of TV ever

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10. He said 'okey doke' so much that the words have lost all meaning

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11. His bromance with John 'the senior analyst' Giles

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12. The way he introduced controversial arguments whilst simultaneously deflecting the blame away from himself

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13. His reaction to Dunphy's infamous F-bomb

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Additional suggestions by Christine Bohan, Ben Blake, Murray Kinsella  and Rónán Duffy.

A version of this piece was originally published to celebrate his birthday on 26 September, 2013.

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