Familiar voices, stilled lives

Familiar voices, stilled lives
Bill O’Herlihy: the conductor of a televisual orchestra whose performances would often swell rapturously. Picture: Inpho

The deaths of Bill O’Herlihy and Derek Davis reminded us of the intrinsic transience of broadcasting talent, but also of the deep emotional imprint that it can leave on us

It’s been a cruel few days in Irish television, with Derek Davis and Bill O’Herlihy passing on within days of each other. Two great professionals are now gone.

In the days following Derek’s death, I had large numbers of people coming up to me in public to talk about him. In the most unlikely places, total strangers would come over and speak with great affection about him, and express their sorrow at his...

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