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Ireland Gay Byrne 'didn't fear death' but had just 'two dying wishes' according to daughter Suzy

16:00  08 november  2019
16:00  08 november  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Gay Byrne had just two dying wishes before he passed away according to his heartbroken daughter, Suzy.

In a fitting tribute to her dad, Suzy thanked family, friends and the staff of the Mater Hospital who looked after Gaybo over the three years.

Speaking during the eulogy, she thanked everybody who had said kinds words about her father and who had turned out to say goodbye to the legendary presenter.

She said: "Dad had an unwavering loyalty and trust in those who worked with him.

"Three years ago, that loyalty and trust was passed on to Professor John McCaffrey and his team in the Mater Hospital.

"He called John the 'captain of this ship'. Thank you John and your team, you enabled extra memories for us all.

"We developed friendship which made the cancer journey easier to bear."

Suzy also thanked the Mater's catering staff and their porters who she said "brightened the journey".

"The majority of the staff are Dubs. They live local here. The porters whisked dad from my car and wheel us all to operating theatres on daily basis."

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"The catering ladies looked after him not as Gay Byrne but as a Dub and one of our own. They would have done anything for him."

Suzy said that her dad had accepted he was going to die and only wanted two things before he was laid to rest.

She added: "Dad had no fear of death. But, he did have two wishes: To be in his beloved Howth and not to suffer.

Suzy ended the eulogy by thanking everyone that came out from the route of Howth and ended with an emotional poem thanking her father.

"Thank you, Dad. You gave us words, ideas, music, songs. Often you made us laugh out loud and long. Beneath it all, you searched what was true. Thank you for that. And thank you most of all for being you."

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