Wednesday January 22, 2020

The final sign-off: RTÉ's tribute to a national icon

A master craftsman who made the small screen seem so much bigger, Gay Byrne knew exactly what the people of Ireland wanted, even before they knew it themselves

10th November, 2019
Gay Byrne saw Ireland as a landscape of bizarre and secret places waiting to be explored

The Late Late Show Tribute to Gay Byrne RTÉ One

Gaybo RTÉ One

A death in the family. That’s how RTÉ treated the passing, last Monday, of Gay Byrne at the age of 85. Almost immediately, the national broadcaster burst into paroxysms of panegyrics. Presenters on radio and television rushed to mourn and extol the man who had created, ex nihilo, a form of chat show that for 37...

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