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Ireland Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has died aged 85

07:45  05 november  2019
07:45  05 november  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Gay Byrne pictured with Suparno Bernadette Greevy at a reception at the National Concert Hall to announce the details of 1986 OPEL National Entertainment Awards, circa October 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Gay Byrne pictured with Suparno Bernadette Greevy at a reception at the National Concert Hall to announce the details of 1986 OPEL National Entertainment Awards, circa October 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)

BROADCASTER GAY BYRNE, the host of RTÉ’s The Late Late Show for almost four decades and one of the country’s best-known broadcasters, has died aged 85.

Alongside the Late Late, the veteran broadcaster also presented the weekday Gay Byrne Show on RTÉ radio for almost three decades.

Gay Byrne wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera © Brian Lawless In the wake of his retirement from full-time radio and TV broadcasting he served as the chairman of the Road Safety Authority for eight years, stepping down as he approached his 80th birthday in 2014.

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Gabriel Mary " Gay " Byrne (5 August 1934 – 4 November 2019) was an Irish presenter and host of radio and television. His most notable role was first host of The Late Late Show over a 37-year period

His death was announced by RTÉ at 2.44pm. RTÉ One interrupted its schedule to break the news of his death this afternoon and switched to rolling coverage.

A special live edition of the Late Late Show in tribute to Gay Byrne will be broadcast tomorrow night on RTÉ One at 9.35pm to remember the late broadcaster.

Producer John Cadden and Gay Byrne in the Control Room in Studio 5 on the 15th Anniversary of his Radio Show, 04/02/1988 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Producer John Cadden and Gay Byrne in the Control Room in Studio 5 on the 15th Anniversary of his Radio Show, 04/02/1988 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images) President Michael D Higgins led the tributes, saying he head heard news of the death with “deep sadness”.

The statement from the Áras said: “Having begun his career in broadcasting with Radio Éireann in 1958, he retained a love of radio as a medium. With the arrival of television he went on to become one of the most recognisable faces of Irish broadcasting, hosting one of the world’s longest running chat shows – The Late Late Show.

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LEGENDARY Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has died , aged 85 . The former Late Late Show presenter had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer for The broadcaster Gay Byrne has died at the age of 85 after a long period of ill-health. Born in Dublin in August 1934, Byrne was a totemic and

“A man of great charisma, Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. This was combined with an innate gentleness as a person, professionalism and humour.

Gay Byrne and Brian Lennihan on the late late show, 30/03/1990 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Gay Byrne and Brian Lennihan on the late late show, 30/03/1990 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images) Through his work in radio and on television he challenged Irish society, and shone a light not only on the bright but also the dark sides of Irish life.

In doing so, he became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of our times, helping shape our conscience, our self-image, and our idea of who we might be. Beyond compassion, which he had in abundance, he had a sense of what was just.

Sabina and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to his wife Kathleen, his daughters Suzy and Crona, his grandchildren, and all his friends and colleagues.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Gay Byrne was a “much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways”.

“On radio and on television over so many decades, Uncle Gaybo provided a voice for all those who had been silenced or were afraid to speak up,” he said.

RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said in a statement: “We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne who has been a household name in this country for so many years. Gay was an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and ground-breaking style contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country.

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Gay’s journalistic legacy is as colossal as the man himself – he not only defined generations, but he deftly arbitrated the growth and development of a nation. Ireland grew up under Gay Byrne, and we will never see his like again. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and his family.

Ryan Tubridy, the current host of the Late Late, said in the RTÉ statement that he had heard the news of Gay’s death with enormous and profound sadness.

Gallery: Legend of broadcasting Gay Byrne's career in pictures (Photo Services)

He was the master, a once off and the likes of which we will never see again. I watched him as a child, worked alongside him as a young man and he guided me as I grew older and I will forever be indebted to him. We in RTÉ have lost a friend, a family have lost a father and a husband and the country has lost an icon. May he rest in peace.

The time and route of Gay Byrne’s funeral have been confirmed

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Liveline presenter Joe Duffy, a protégé of Byrne, added: “More so than any one individual, Gay Byrne represented modern Ireland and through his daily broadcasting on radio and television he propelled this country and its people forward. In no other country can one individual claim to have had such a positive impact on an entire nation over such a long period. Ireland is a better country thanks to Gay’s lengthy career behind the microphone at the centre of public discourse.

“He brightened and enlightened the lives of so many people through his broadcasting, his charm, wit, voice, and wonderful command of the English language. His broadcasts were a public joy, a personal pleasure and comfort to so many. Like so many I feel his passing as a deeply personal loss. He was a generous mentor and good friend to me, as he was to so many.

Above all, condolences to his wife Kathleen, his loving daughters Susie and Crona, his sons in law and his much loved grandchildren, who have been such a support to him in his very difficult illness. He worked hard all his life. He searched for meaning, and gave meaning to so many. His death is heartbreaking but I, like so many, am very thankful for his life.

Speaking on a special extended edition of Liveline this afternoon, Duffy called him “the greatest unelected leader that Ireland had ever had”.

“Gay’s impact on Irish society has been seismic and positive,” he added.

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Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said the impact that Gay Byrne had on Irish society was “phenomenal” and “Ireland is a better place thanks to him”.

Gay Byrne, his wife Kathleen and daughter Susie at the U2 Film Premiere in the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street, 27/10/1988 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images). © Catalyst Images Gay Byrne, his wife Kathleen and daughter Susie at the U2 Film Premiere in the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street, 27/10/1988 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images). Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, meanwhile, said Byrne had “left an indelible mark not only on Irish broadcasting but on Irish society as a whole”.

“His intellect and emotional intelligence was unparalleled and his ability to sensitively approach delicate and sometimes controversial issues set him apart from other presenters,” Martin said.

The Fianna Fáil leader also joined the Taoiseach in paying tribute to Byrne’s role as chairman of the Road Safety Authority.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam,” Martin added.

A book of condolence will be opened at the Mansion House tomorrow for Byrne, who had been named a freeman of Dublin.

The book will be available to sign from 11am – 5pm tomorrow, and from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday.

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