Brendan O'Reilly

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Brendan O'Reilly
Born Brendan O'Reilly
14 May 1929 (1929-05-14)
Granard, County Longford, Ireland
Died 1 April 2001 (2001-05) (aged 70)
Dublin, Ireland
Education University of Michigan
Occupation Sports broadcaster, journalist, actor, athlete, singer, songwriter (best known for 'The Ballad of Michael Collins' and the Olympic Song 'Let the Nations Play'
Years active 1962–1994
Notable credit(s) The Life of O'Reilly
Sports Stadium, 'Flight of the Doves'first non-political figure to give the annual Michael Collins oration at Beal na mBlath
Spouse(s) Johanna Lowry O'Reilly
Children Hannah Lowry O'Reilly, Kelan Lowry O'Reilly, Rossa Lowry O'Reilly, Myles O'Reilly

Brendan O'Reilly (14 May 1929 – 1 April 2001) was an Irish broadcaster, journalist, actor, athlete, singer and songwriter.[1] He is best known as presenter of the long-running Sports Stadium. Between 1966 and 1968, O'Reilly had the honour of commentating for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as presenting the National Song Contest (to select Ireland's Eurovision entry) from 1966 to 1970.

He was a High Jumper, studied in America at the University of Michigan, he set the Irish High Jump record and also set the Irish Javelin record.

He also acted in the 1971 film Flight of the Doves playing Police Inspector Michael Roark, and also played roles in After Midnight (1990) and the television series Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog.


  1. ^ "Brendan O'Reilly dies after long illness". RTÉ News. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
Preceded by
Bunny Carr
Eurovision Song Contest Ireland Commentator
Succeeded by
Gay Byrne