Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to Olympian and radio star Harry Thuillier

Tributes were paid last night following the death of the Irish Olympian and veteran broadcaster Harry Thuillier.

He was one of the biggest stars of Irish radio in the 1960s and represented Ireland in fencing at the 1952 and 1960 Olympic Games. Mr Thuillier, of Delgany, Co Wicklow, died at the age of 85 yesterday following a long illness.

He was once called "the king of the sponsored programmes" such was his involvement in product sponsored broadcasting on RTE radio. At one stage he presented 20 programmes in the RTE radio schedule.

RTE sports presenter Jimmy Magee yesterday described Mr Thuillier as "magical".

"Nothing was too much for him, he was a lovely broadcaster, a friendly voice, a people's man. Were he around now he'd be a superstar. He was a remarkable man," Mr Magee said.

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