Wednesday December 11, 2019

A social animal: Gay Byrne's life and legacy

Gay Byrne was the epitome of showbusiness, weaving a thousand different threads into a one-of-a-kind chat show that was the social media of its day

10th November, 2019
Gay Byrne pictured in 2013, more than a decade and a half after retiring from The Late Late Show Picture: Mark Nixon

Gay Byrne was a fastidious man in a careless country. That made him lonely, but it made us lucky. We could rely on him. His death reminds of us of what broadcasting once meant in this country – freedom – and of what it has now become. He can truly be said to have set several revolutions in motion, yet he was a conventional person. There was no model for what he did. His achievements...

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