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Ireland 'Gay changed our country in so many positive ways' - Tributes flood in after the icon of Irish television and radio dies at home aged 85

11:40  05 november  2019
11:40  05 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne has died, aged 85

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Gay Byrne who has died at the age of 85 . President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to broadcaster Gay Byrne who has died at the age of 85 . "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.

The Gay Byrne era officially ended on Monday when he died at home in Dublin, surrounded by family, aged 85 . Tributes flowed. “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,” said the president

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The icon of Irish radio and television Gay Byrne, who has died at the age of 85, has been remembered as "eternally curious and fearless".

The RTÉ broadcaster and former 'Late Late Show' host died peacefully yesterday at home surrounded by his wife Kathleen, and his daughters Crona and Suzy.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.

Gay Byrne wearing a suit and tie: ‘World’s greatest broadcaster’: Tributes have poured in for Gay Byrne, pictured with his wife Kathleen Watkins in 2009. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie ‘World’s greatest broadcaster’: Tributes have poured in for Gay Byrne, pictured with his wife Kathleen Watkins in 2009. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Announcing the death of their "beloved Gay" yesterday, his family said: "We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay's illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society."

Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has died aged 85

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RTE broadcaster Gay Byrne has died aged 85 Credit: Alamy. Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today led tributes to the iconic TV and radio host, who died peacefully at home . "On radio and on television over so many decades 'Uncle Gaybo' provided a voice for all those who had been silenced or were

Tributes have been flooding in for veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne following the announcement of his death today, 4 November 2019, at the age of 85 . Now tributes are being paid to the man who The Irish Times once called "the most influential radio and television man in the history of the Irish State".

Leading the tributes, his long-time friend and colleague Joe Duffy said: "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 told how, despite his illness, he was in humorous form and recalled a funny story Gay had told him recently of his time in hospital.

Gay Byrne © Press Association Gay Byrne "He said 'I was dying in the Mater the other day and a fella beside me called Mick woke up and I said Mick, are you getting a new suit? And he said, No, what are you on about? And I said, There were two fellas in here and they were measuring you for something'," he said on RTÉ's 'Six One'. "He was eternally curious and fearless," said Mr Duffy.

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Tributes have been coming in from around the country following the sad news of Gay Byrne's passing today after The iconic RTE broadcaster and Late Late Show host has died aged 85 after announcing his Like so many I feel his passing as a deeply personal loss. He was a generous mentor and good

RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne has passed away at the age of 85 following a long illness. His family confirmed he passed away at home today surrounded by his loved ones. He said through his work in radio and on television he challenged Irish society, and shone a light not only on the bright but also

"He loved showbiz, he loved gossip, he loved stories, he was a great performer."

Ryan Tubridy also spoke of Byrne's sense of humour.

"He was great fun 'til the end, there was devilment in him, there was life in the old dog right 'til the very end.

"He educated us, he was a mentor, he was a friend, he was an icon," he said.

"Gay was like a godfather figure for us and we're down a man, and I think the country's down a good person.

"Last time I met him, he was not well but he was feisty and I was told that I had about 45 minutes with him. When we were about 45 minutes in, I started to get up and he said, 'Where are you going?' and I said that I was told that I had about 45 minutes with him, and he said 'Don't mind that, I'm fine, we can go another hour'."

Miriam O'Callaghan also paid tribute to Gay, saying: "Every other broadcaster is forever in his shadow.

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

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Tributes poured in at home and abroad yesterday for a man renowned for his integrity and his kindness. ‘Garret was a true patriot, an icon of decency and high honour in public life whose fluency in Dr FitzGerald died this morning at the age of 85 after a short illness, a shock to many who saw

Soon after tributes for the movie icon flooded in . I loved our time our laughs and fun. Now your angels will giggle at your silly jokes as they hold you lightly as you rest dear one'. From one icon to another: Ralph Macchio said, 'As a kid I must have seen Smokey and the Bandit 10 time in the theatre.

"He was a great listener, hugely empathetic and with incredible courage, he changed our country forever in so many positive ways."

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English actor Stephen Fry, whose controversial comments on Gay's programme 'The Meaning of Life' in 2015 sparked a blasphemy investigation, recalled that memorable encounter.

"My most notorious experience with himself came when he dropped me a question which led to quite a hoo-ha.

"I fear I shocked him somewhat with my reply, but he couldn't have been more delightful, charming and - I think - tolerantly amused by my wickedness.

"So here's to himself. Who knows? Maybe he will wake up in a certain place and be able to pass on my regards."

Chat-show host Graham Norton described Gay as a "giant in broadcasting".

"Generous, funny, informed but more than anything else, completely at ease on air. My thoughts are with Kathleen, the girls and a nation that adored him," he said.

Moya Doherty, chairperson of the RTÉ board, said Byrne had worked during a golden age for television and radio when Ireland was grappling with change.

"Gay brought two unique gifts," she said.

"He was able to see around societal corners and predict what the next emerging social, political or cultural issue was, the new issue which needed to be brought to the public stage, whatever the ensuing controversy. Most importantly, Gay was a listener. He did not so much interview as allow his guests to almost interview themselves while he listened carefully interjecting only to push them on key points."

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RTÉ will broadcast a special 'Late Late Show Gay Byrne Tribute' tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One. The live special will include contributions from Byrne's many friends and colleagues across the world of entertainment and beyond, including Bob Geldof, Andrea Corr, Pat Kenny, John Sheahan and Mary McAleese.

A book of condolence will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, at the Mansion House at 11am until 5pm today and from 10am to 5pm tomorrow.

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