The sad news of the passing of Bill O'Herlihy has touched everyone today, in particular those who worked with him over the years.

Since the news broke earlier, tributes have been steadily flowing in as colleagues, friends and fans all try to sum up what O'Herlihy meant to them, whether they were lucky enough to sit with him in the studio, or if they welcomed him into their homes through their television screens.

Many fans also spoke about his impact, and how his constant presence at the helm of the panel for major events made him synonymous with sport in this country.

Speaking on Newstalk, long-time colleague John Giles said that the news came as a "great shock" to him, and that his thoughts were with Bill's family at this tough time.

RTÉ Radio One also put together a touching tribute to their colleague, and an emotional Eamon Dunphy spoke to the News at One about the passing of one of his best friends.

The guys at Second Captains, who spoke with O'Herlihy several times and grew up watching him, put together a tribute also, noting how his career and achievements will probably never be surpassed.

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said "the World Cup would not have been the same without Bill. His good humour, his wonderful manner and his excellent broadcasting skills were unparalleled".

The sheer volume of tributes, as well as the universal acknowledgement that he was a kind and friendly figure speak volumes about the man and his legacy as one of the most well-respected and beloved broadcasters the country has ever known.