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Ireland 'I'm not afraid of dying,' broadcasting legend told D'Arcy as he fought cancer

07:55  05 november  2019
07:55  05 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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David Menasche, who has brain cancer , traveled around the country to reconnect with former students.

Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. '' I ' m not afraid of dying . I ' m afraid I haven't been alive enough. It should be written on every school room blackboard: Life is a playground - or nothing.''

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Gay Byrne considered himself lucky despite being diagnosed with cancer late in life.

In one of his last interviews, before he died, the broadcaster said he was taking the diagnosis in his stride.

"If you spend the rest of your life worrying about having cancer, you're going to spend the rest of your life worrying about cancer," he told fellow RTÉ broadcaster Ray D'Arcy.

"You try to cope with it as best you can.

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Ray D'Arcy wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Interview: RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy spoke to Gay Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda © Andres Poveda Photograqhy Interview: RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy spoke to Gay Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda "You realise this is it, there is nothing you can do about it. You can simply cope with it or not, as the case may be and the better way to do it is to cope with it."

"And you've had 83 years free of any worries at all about your health - you're a bloody lucky fella," he added.

During the interview, which covered his 60-year broadcasting career, he revealed the chemotherapy treatment he was undergoing was difficult. But he wasn't complaining.

"I'm OK. I get around very well indeed. I do as much as I can. I'm certainly not strong."

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

Although he spoke of having to use a crutch to walk and worrying he was "slowing down", he said his biggest worry was being a 'burden' to his wife Kathleen, whom he described as "never-endingly good and kind".

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Asked about his own mortality, he said: "Obviously I'm closer to the exit than the entry door and it's coming faster. And there's nothing I can do to avoid it.

"And this thing that I have will probably hasten it but if that's to be, that's to be. There's nothing I can do about it.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I've no fear of dying whatsoever but I don't want to die in agony and I don't want to lie in a bed with 15 tubes coming out of me for, you know, two years or something."

MORE ON GAY BYRNE

Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has died aged 85 (The Journal)

'The most beloved man in Ireland' - Joe Duffy's emotional tribute to Gay (Independent.ie)

An Irish icon: Gay Byrne's career in pictures (Photo Services)

From Terry Keane to Annie Murphy, Gay's controversial interviews (BBC News)

Gay Byrne's daughter Crona hails 'incredible' public support after dad's death .
She also revealed the star raffled off the Harley Davidson given to him by U2 for charity .The broadcaster received the bike as a gift from Bono on his last ever Late Late Show appearance in 1999.In an interview with the Clare Champion, Crona revealed her generous dad gave the bike up for a raffle and raised €82,000 for Crumlin Hospital.Crona also hailed the public's support following her Dad's passing and said outpouring of grief has been "incredible".

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