Gay Byrne

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Gay Byrne commented : “That was the first stone lifted to discover what lay underneath in this country” External link

eecho Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked : "Did you not expect the tribunal to find as it did?" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Paul McCartney ) : “In the middle of the sound check Paul McCartney came to me and said, ‘Would you like to be our agent? We don’t have one and we think you would make a terrific agent’” External link

irishmirror Friday, November 8, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That’ll do, John, fine, fine —don’t think anyone can beat that score, grand we’ll probably be back to you tomorrow” External link

eecho Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Three-quarters through the show, Gay asked me: 'What have you got written on your hand?' I sheepishly turned it over to reveal I had 'Gay Byrne' on my skin. He was crestfallen!" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Our hearts go out to you,” External link

TheScotsman Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I had very definite ideas about what I wanted to do with the show. I wanted continuity in it, and I did not want each week to be in the hands of a different, perhaps inexperienced, producer, who would have his own ideas that were perhaps at variance with my own," External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "We in television and radio are not essential, not necessary - and, according to a lot of people, not even desirable," External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne responded : “Wait a minute. I did not bring people in here to slag the clergy. We have a programme and we are proud of it as a programme on which you are allowed to say what you want” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:33:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne remarked : “If your son is half as good a man as his father, he won’t be doing too badly” External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 4, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Most people who have had a fairly good innings, like I have, want to give something back through public service” External link

irishtimes Monday, November 4, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Our hearts go out to you,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 4, 2019 11:04:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “If your son is half as good a man as his father, he won’t be doing too badly,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne commented : “You’re great movers… we’ll look forward to hearing from you when you’re famous” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked ( about Stephen Fry ) : “Suppose it’s all true and you walk up the pearly gates and you are confronted by God, what will Stephen Fry say to him, her or it?” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Paul McCartney ) : “In the middle of the sound check Paul McCartney came to me and said, ‘Would you like to be our agent? We don’t have one and we think you would make a terrific agent’” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asks : "Can I have a glass of water?" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "If I'd known you were going to give me a Harley Davidson I would've come to the door!" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "That's alright. No, he's here, he's here. He's just walking in now. That's alright. I'll introduce him now" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne replied : "Not a bad little set up," "I notice that when you're onstage you bring relaxation to a fine art. You don't go in very much for production and bright lights and everything: you just sit down and get on with it" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "You're going to sing for us," External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne says : "I don't believe this is happening," External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

eecho Monday, November 4, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “So help me god he had a pair of the damn things - so long in stock that they were priced in punts,” External link

kilkennypeople Monday, November 4, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “W e 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. 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” External link

todayfm Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked ( about Tom Gilmartin ) : "What are you going to do about the Flood Tribunal and the £50,000 and Gilmartin?" External link

independent-ie Monday, January 14, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne told : “We’re going to hospital as they think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they’re afraid that it may have moved up into the small of the back,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 21, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life," External link

RTERadio Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week...They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back," External link

RTERadio Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "Well, he is a rugger bugger, I suppose" External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:57:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series" External link

independent Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:02:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne says : “From the very first moment you met, you were spirits at one,” “It was falling in love, but a falling in love at a comic level not, I’m glad to say, at a personal level. I was always very grateful I didn’t fancy him” External link

thejournal Monday, February 2, 2015 5:31:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series” External link

belfasttelegraph Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:33:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series” External link

independent Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:38:00 PM EAT



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host4.71%EN05/08/201708/05/2017
chairman65.88%EN03/28/201728/03/2017
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Camille O Sullivan ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Like everyone else who watched Gay while growing up, you felt like you knew him personally. The times I did meet him and the one time we performed on his show, he was such a gent and kind. " External link

independent-ie Monday, December 9, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Louise McSharry ( about Gay Byrne ) : "As a broadcaster Gay was inspirational for me. Doris Day gave me a lot of joy through her films and singing, and the death of Grumpy Cat felt like the end of an internet era!" External link

independent-ie Monday, December 9, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes told ( about Gay Byrne ) : “We were ready to go with this plan but unfortunately this week we had very sad news within RTE and across the nation that Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

irishmirror Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Our priority, of course, in any situation is to inform our staff first,” “We were ready to go with this plan, but unfortunately this week we had very sad news when … Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Our priority, of course, in any situation is to inform our staff first,” “We were ready to go with this plan, but unfortunately this week we had very sad news when … Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Bryan Dobson said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “It does occur to me that Gay Byrne would have been the last person perhaps who’d want staff left in the dark. He used to say sometimes, jokingly, that he found our more about what was going on in RTÉ from members of the public than he did for his own managers” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Alan Hughes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “As Gay once said to me, no matter how popular you are, there’ll always be someone who doesn’t like you, that’s just the way it is if you’re in the public eye” External link

irishmirror Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Three-quarters through the show, Gay asked me: 'What have you got written on your hand?' I sheepishly turned it over to reveal I had 'Gay Byrne' on my skin. He was crestfallen!" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Richard Branson said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "He brought up the name-on-hand incident and we shared a joke about it," "Despite my mishap, Gay is truly unforgettable. He was an integral part of Irish life and I wish all the best to his loved ones" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Our intention was to brief staff in full this week. However, given the sad passing of our colleague Gay Byrne, a decision was taken to postpone until next week. " External link

irishexaminer Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Our intention was to brief staff in full this week. However, given the sad passing of our colleague Gay Byrne, a decision was taken to postpone until next week. With so much detail now in the public domain, our first priority was to contact all staff immediately with an update on the revised strategy, and plans. Below is the plan in summary," External link

independent-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:31:00 AM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "I think a side of Gay that people may not be aware of was his complexity," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the State, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

TheScotsman Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was a part of this country's story for more than 60 years. He made us laugh, he made us angry, he made us sit up and take notice when we had to, and he made us endure an endless stream of the most repulsive Christmas jumpers anyone should ever have to see. And for most of that we are very, very grateful,” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:54:00 AM EAT

John Sheehan said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gay Byrne. " External link

eecho Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Brendan Howlin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Like hundreds of thousands of Irish people at home and abroad, I was stopped in my tracks at hearing the news of the passing of Gay Byrne, while I was in my constituency office yesterday afternoon. " External link

irishmirror Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin added ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was an iconic national institution who left an indelible mark on Irish society,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe told ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne gave the nation its voice,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “In many ways, Gay gave people opportunity, too” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT

Simon Zebo said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Very sad news about Gay Byrne . What an impact he had on our beautiful little island, Rest in peace" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay had a huge impact on Irish society and was more than just a broadcaster. During his time as the host of the Late Late Show, he offered a platform for many varied and controversial issues and changed the social dialogue of the country,” “Even after his retirement from the Late Late Show, he did not retire from public life and showed the true meaning of active retirement through his ongoing broadcasting and as Chairman of the Road Safety Authority” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:38:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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," "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" External link

polandsun Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Pat Kenny said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "He had a voice that my generation of teenagers could identify with and at that time. Radio Eireann - as it was then - was very stuffy and very proper, and Gay brought an informality to radio that shocked some people and surprised others, but certainly it marked the beginning of a new era," External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Micheal Martin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne has left an indelible mark, not only on Irish broadcasting, but on Irish society as a whole. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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," "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" External link

irishsun Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 11:33:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the State, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 4, 2019 11:04:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

cyprus-mail Monday, November 4, 2019 9:20:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

news-yahoo Monday, November 4, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

in-cyprus Monday, November 4, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

wsau Monday, November 4, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

wandsworthguardian Monday, November 4, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

wandsworthguardian Monday, November 4, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 8:22:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

news-yahoo Monday, November 4, 2019 8:20:00 PM EAT

Tom Waits said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "You got a nice little set up here, don't ya Gay?" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Larry Mullen asked ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Do you remember about three or four years ago at Sutton Cross?" "I was there; I was on my Harley... And this car pulled up beside me - it was a very battered Limousine! The window went down and you stuck your head out and you said, 'Excuse me, what sort of a bike is that?' I turned around and I saw you and I said, 'It's a motorbike, Gay!' And you said, 'I love those bikes'. So Gay, this is from us, to you, as a gift" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Dara O Briain said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Very sad to hear of the death of Gay Byrne. Hard to explain how huge a presence he was in Ireland for 40+ years; a legendary, instinctual broadcaster; that rarest thing, a gifted listener; and an interviewer of huge emotional intelligence. An enormous life" External link

birminghammail Monday, November 4, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Piers Morgan said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "RIP Gay Byrne, 85. Ireland's greatest broadcaster. A master of his craft & a charming, brilliant, hugely influential (in a good way) man. Very sad news" External link

birminghammail Monday, November 4, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne who has been a household name in this country for so many years,” External link

itv Monday, November 4, 2019 7:43:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

eecho Monday, November 4, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “W e 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. 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” External link

todayfm Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Jim Jennings said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Irish broadcasting has lost a true giant and his loss will be keenly felt by all his colleagues, both past and present. Not only was Gay a brilliant presenter but he was also the best producer that I ever worked with. Gay was always very supportive of his younger colleagues; on a personal level I will miss his wise words and friendship” External link

leinsterleader Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. 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" External link

leinsterleader Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. " External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Jim Jennings said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Irish broadcasting has lost a true giant and his loss will be keenly felt by all his colleagues, both past and present. Not only was Gay a brilliant presenter but he was also the best producer that I ever worked with. Gay was always very supportive of his younger colleagues; on a personal level I will miss his wise words and friendship” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. 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" External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Micheal Martin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne has left an indelible mark, not only on Irish broadcasting, but on Irish society as a whole. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Graham Norton told ( about Gay Byrne ) : "In Ireland we have a show called the Late Late show, it's the longest running show. I grew up with Gay Byrne. When I look back I can see that he was a huge influence on me. He was so at home in front of the camera," External link

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Gay Byrne commented : “That was the first stone lifted to discover what lay underneath in this country” External link

eecho Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked : "Did you not expect the tribunal to find as it did?" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Paul McCartney ) : “In the middle of the sound check Paul McCartney came to me and said, ‘Would you like to be our agent? We don’t have one and we think you would make a terrific agent’” External link

irishmirror Friday, November 8, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That’ll do, John, fine, fine —don’t think anyone can beat that score, grand we’ll probably be back to you tomorrow” External link

eecho Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Three-quarters through the show, Gay asked me: 'What have you got written on your hand?' I sheepishly turned it over to reveal I had 'Gay Byrne' on my skin. He was crestfallen!" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Our hearts go out to you,” External link

TheScotsman Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I had very definite ideas about what I wanted to do with the show. I wanted continuity in it, and I did not want each week to be in the hands of a different, perhaps inexperienced, producer, who would have his own ideas that were perhaps at variance with my own," External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "We in television and radio are not essential, not necessary - and, according to a lot of people, not even desirable," External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne responded : “Wait a minute. I did not bring people in here to slag the clergy. We have a programme and we are proud of it as a programme on which you are allowed to say what you want” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:33:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne remarked : “If your son is half as good a man as his father, he won’t be doing too badly” External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 4, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Most people who have had a fairly good innings, like I have, want to give something back through public service” External link

irishtimes Monday, November 4, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “Our hearts go out to you,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 4, 2019 11:04:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “If your son is half as good a man as his father, he won’t be doing too badly,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne commented : “You’re great movers… we’ll look forward to hearing from you when you’re famous” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked ( about Stephen Fry ) : “Suppose it’s all true and you walk up the pearly gates and you are confronted by God, what will Stephen Fry say to him, her or it?” External link

thejournal Monday, November 4, 2019 10:54:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Paul McCartney ) : “In the middle of the sound check Paul McCartney came to me and said, ‘Would you like to be our agent? We don’t have one and we think you would make a terrific agent’” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asks : "Can I have a glass of water?" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "If I'd known you were going to give me a Harley Davidson I would've come to the door!" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "That's alright. No, he's here, he's here. He's just walking in now. That's alright. I'll introduce him now" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne replied : "Not a bad little set up," "I notice that when you're onstage you bring relaxation to a fine art. You don't go in very much for production and bright lights and everything: you just sit down and get on with it" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "You're going to sing for us," External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne says : "I don't believe this is happening," External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

eecho Monday, November 4, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “So help me god he had a pair of the damn things - so long in stock that they were priced in punts,” External link

kilkennypeople Monday, November 4, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “W e 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. 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” External link

todayfm Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne asked ( about Tom Gilmartin ) : "What are you going to do about the Flood Tribunal and the £50,000 and Gilmartin?" External link

independent-ie Monday, January 14, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne told : “We’re going to hospital as they think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they’re afraid that it may have moved up into the small of the back,” External link

thejournal Monday, November 21, 2016 6:34:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life," External link

RTERadio Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week...They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back," External link

RTERadio Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "Well, he is a rugger bugger, I suppose" External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:57:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne said : "That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series" External link

independent Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:02:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne says : “From the very first moment you met, you were spirits at one,” “It was falling in love, but a falling in love at a comic level not, I’m glad to say, at a personal level. I was always very grateful I didn’t fancy him” External link

thejournal Monday, February 2, 2015 5:31:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series” External link

belfasttelegraph Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:33:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne said : “That sure is the longest answer to that question I ever got in this entire series” External link

independent Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:38:00 PM EAT



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senior counsel1.18%EN06/26/201726/06/2017
host4.71%EN05/08/201708/05/2017
chairman65.88%EN03/28/201728/03/2017
colleague3.53%EN11/28/201628/11/2016
road safety authority chairman17.65%EN03/26/201426/03/2014
chief4.71%EN03/22/201422/03/2014
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Gay ByrneEN99.26%
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Gay ByrneSA0.25%
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Camille O Sullivan ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Like everyone else who watched Gay while growing up, you felt like you knew him personally. The times I did meet him and the one time we performed on his show, he was such a gent and kind. " External link

independent-ie Monday, December 9, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Louise McSharry ( about Gay Byrne ) : "As a broadcaster Gay was inspirational for me. Doris Day gave me a lot of joy through her films and singing, and the death of Grumpy Cat felt like the end of an internet era!" External link

independent-ie Monday, December 9, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

chesterfirst Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes told ( about Gay Byrne ) : “We were ready to go with this plan but unfortunately this week we had very sad news within RTE and across the nation that Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

irishmirror Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Our priority, of course, in any situation is to inform our staff first,” “We were ready to go with this plan, but unfortunately this week we had very sad news when … Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Our priority, of course, in any situation is to inform our staff first,” “We were ready to go with this plan, but unfortunately this week we had very sad news when … Gay Byrne passed away,” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Bryan Dobson said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “It does occur to me that Gay Byrne would have been the last person perhaps who’d want staff left in the dark. He used to say sometimes, jokingly, that he found our more about what was going on in RTÉ from members of the public than he did for his own managers” External link

thejournal Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Alan Hughes explained ( about Gay Byrne ) : “As Gay once said to me, no matter how popular you are, there’ll always be someone who doesn’t like you, that’s just the way it is if you’re in the public eye” External link

irishmirror Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Gay Byrne recalled ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Three-quarters through the show, Gay asked me: 'What have you got written on your hand?' I sheepishly turned it over to reveal I had 'Gay Byrne' on my skin. He was crestfallen!" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Richard Branson said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "He brought up the name-on-hand incident and we shared a joke about it," "Despite my mishap, Gay is truly unforgettable. He was an integral part of Irish life and I wish all the best to his loved ones" External link

herald-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Our intention was to brief staff in full this week. However, given the sad passing of our colleague Gay Byrne, a decision was taken to postpone until next week. " External link

irishexaminer Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Our intention was to brief staff in full this week. However, given the sad passing of our colleague Gay Byrne, a decision was taken to postpone until next week. With so much detail now in the public domain, our first priority was to contact all staff immediately with an update on the revised strategy, and plans. Below is the plan in summary," External link

independent-ie Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:31:00 AM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "I think a side of Gay that people may not be aware of was his complexity," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the State, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

TheScotsman Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was a part of this country's story for more than 60 years. He made us laugh, he made us angry, he made us sit up and take notice when we had to, and he made us endure an endless stream of the most repulsive Christmas jumpers anyone should ever have to see. And for most of that we are very, very grateful,” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:54:00 AM EAT

John Sheehan said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gay Byrne. " External link

eecho Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Brendan Howlin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Like hundreds of thousands of Irish people at home and abroad, I was stopped in my tracks at hearing the news of the passing of Gay Byrne, while I was in my constituency office yesterday afternoon. " External link

irishmirror Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin added ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was an iconic national institution who left an indelible mark on Irish society,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe told ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne gave the nation its voice,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “In many ways, Gay gave people opportunity, too” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT

Simon Zebo said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Very sad news about Gay Byrne . What an impact he had on our beautiful little island, Rest in peace" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Paul McAuliffe said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay had a huge impact on Irish society and was more than just a broadcaster. During his time as the host of the Late Late Show, he offered a platform for many varied and controversial issues and changed the social dialogue of the country,” “Even after his retirement from the Late Late Show, he did not retire from public life and showed the true meaning of active retirement through his ongoing broadcasting and as Chairman of the Road Safety Authority” External link

thejournal Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:38:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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," "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" External link

polandsun Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Pat Kenny said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "He had a voice that my generation of teenagers could identify with and at that time. Radio Eireann - as it was then - was very stuffy and very proper, and Gay brought an informality to radio that shocked some people and surprised others, but certainly it marked the beginning of a new era," External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Micheal Martin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne has left an indelible mark, not only on Irish broadcasting, but on Irish society as a whole. " External link

herald-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

independent-ie Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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," "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" External link

irishsun Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 11:33:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the State, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, November 4, 2019 11:04:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

cyprus-mail Monday, November 4, 2019 9:20:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

news-yahoo Monday, November 4, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways,” External link

in-cyprus Monday, November 4, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

wsau Monday, November 4, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 8:41:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

wandsworthguardian Monday, November 4, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

wandsworthguardian Monday, November 4, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 8:22:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways," External link

news-yahoo Monday, November 4, 2019 8:20:00 PM EAT

Tom Waits said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "You got a nice little set up here, don't ya Gay?" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Larry Mullen asked ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Do you remember about three or four years ago at Sutton Cross?" "I was there; I was on my Harley... And this car pulled up beside me - it was a very battered Limousine! The window went down and you stuck your head out and you said, 'Excuse me, what sort of a bike is that?' I turned around and I saw you and I said, 'It's a motorbike, Gay!' And you said, 'I love those bikes'. So Gay, this is from us, to you, as a gift" External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Leo Varadkar wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ray Kennedy wrote ( about Gay Byrne ) : “His voice was the music score to so many of our childhood homes and the nudging along of a young nation. RIP Gay Byrne” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, November 4, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Dara O Briain said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Very sad to hear of the death of Gay Byrne. Hard to explain how huge a presence he was in Ireland for 40+ years; a legendary, instinctual broadcaster; that rarest thing, a gifted listener; and an interviewer of huge emotional intelligence. An enormous life" External link

birminghammail Monday, November 4, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Piers Morgan said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "RIP Gay Byrne, 85. Ireland's greatest broadcaster. A master of his craft & a charming, brilliant, hugely influential (in a good way) man. Very sad news" External link

birminghammail Monday, November 4, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Dee Forbes said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne who has been a household name in this country for so many years,” External link

itv Monday, November 4, 2019 7:43:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

eecho Monday, November 4, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “W e 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. 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” External link

todayfm Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Jim Jennings said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Irish broadcasting has lost a true giant and his loss will be keenly felt by all his colleagues, both past and present. Not only was Gay a brilliant presenter but he was also the best producer that I ever worked with. Gay was always very supportive of his younger colleagues; on a personal level I will miss his wise words and friendship” External link

leinsterleader Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. 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" External link

leinsterleader Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. " External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Joe Duffy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "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. " External link

RTERadio Monday, November 4, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Jim Jennings said ( about Gay Byrne ) : “Irish broadcasting has lost a true giant and his loss will be keenly felt by all his colleagues, both past and present. Not only was Gay a brilliant presenter but he was also the best producer that I ever worked with. Gay was always very supportive of his younger colleagues; on a personal level I will miss his wise words and friendship” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Ryan Tubridy said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. 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" External link

leinsterexpress Monday, November 4, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Gay Byrne ( about Gay Byrne ) : “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. 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” External link

irishmirror Monday, November 4, 2019 6:26:00 PM EAT

Mr Higgins added ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Micheal Martin said ( about Gay Byrne ) : "Gay Byrne has left an indelible mark, not only on Irish broadcasting, but on Irish society as a whole. " External link

thesun Monday, November 4, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Graham Norton told ( about Gay Byrne ) : "In Ireland we have a show called the Late Late show, it's the longest running show. I grew up with Gay Byrne. When I look back I can see that he was a huge influence on me. He was so at home in front of the camera," External link

irishsun Thursday, November 24, 2016 4:06:00 PM EAT