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Gay Byrne, veteran Irish broadcaster, dies at the age of 85

The Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has died, surrounded by his family at the age of 85 after a period of poor health, because the commissions are pouring in for & # 39; a master and one-off, as we will never see & & # 39 ;.

Mr. Byrne, who died in Howth near Dublin, first hit Irish screens in 1962 with the Late Late show.

Although the program would only take six weeks, Mr Byrne took over the show to become an Irish cultural institution.

The show became a & # 39; safe space & # 39; to discuss controversial and taboo issues in a country that was very conservative at the time. Topics such as the influence of the Catholic Church, contraception, AIDS, homosexuality and abortion were all discussed in the Byrne show.

Guests included music acts such as the Boomtown Rats, Sinead O & Connor and U2, politicians such as the President of Ireland and religious figures such as the Archbishop of Armagh.

Irish President Michael D Higgins described Byrne as a & # 39; great charisma & # 39; after hearing his death

Irish President Michael D Higgins described Byrne as a & # 39; great charisma & # 39; after hearing his death

Irish President Michael D Higgins described Byrne as a & # 39; great charisma & # 39; after hearing his death

Irish President Michael D Higgins described Byrne as a & # 39; great charisma & # 39; after hearing his death

Higgins added that Byrne radiated warmth and presence & # 39; and & # 39; possessed effortless humor & # 39;

Higgins added that Byrne radiated warmth and presence & # 39; and & # 39; possessed effortless humor & # 39;

Higgins added that Byrne radiated warmth and presence & # 39; and & # 39; possessed effortless humor & # 39;

RTE Director General, Dee Forbes, paid tribute to Mr. Byrne.

& # 39; We are all very sad about the death of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years, & she said.

& # 39; Gay was an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and pioneering style has contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country.

& # 39; Gay's journalistic legacy is just as colossal as the man himself – he not only defined generations, but he deftly belonged to the growth and development of a nation.

& # 39; Ireland grew up under Gay Byrne and we will never see his species again. My deepest condolences to Kathleen and his family. & # 39;

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, described him as a & # 39; great charisma & # 39; after hearing his death.

Mr. Higgins added: & # 39; Gay Byrne was a person who radiated warmth and presence, possessed of effortless humor, charm and had a flair for broadcasting.

& # 39; This was combined with an innate softness as a person, professionalism and humor.

& # 39; Through his work on the radio and on television, he challenged Irish society and shone not only the light but also the dark sides of Irish life.

& # 39; He became one of the most trusted and distinctive voices of our time, shaping our conscience, our self-image and our idea of ​​who we could be.

& # 39; In addition to compassion, which he had in abundance, he had a sense of what was just. & # 39;

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted: & # 39; Gay Byrne was the most influential broadcaster in the history of the state, a much-loved figure who has changed Ireland for the better in so many ways. I knew him when he was chairman of @RSAIreland and saw the effectiveness of his campaign against the unnecessary tragedy of road deaths ".

File of March 20, 2014 from Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne died at the age of 85 after a long illness, RTE said

File of March 20, 2014 from Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne died at the age of 85 after a long illness, RTE said

File of March 20, 2014 from Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne died at the age of 85 after a long illness, RTE said

He added: & # 39; On the radio and on television for so many decades & # 39; Uncle Gaybo & # 39; gave a voice to anyone who was silenced or afraid to speak, and helped us confront the things that needed to be changed. Ar dheis De go raibh an anam dilis (may his faithful soul be on God's right hand). & # 39;

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin said: & # 39; Gay Byrne has left an indelible mark not only on Irish broadcaster, but on Irish society as a whole.

& # 39; Due to his radio program and TV shows, including his 37 years hosting The Late Late Show, Gay was a feature in Irish homes across the length and breadth of the country. & # 39;

& # 39; His intellect and emotional intelligence were unparalleled and his ability to approach sensitive and sometimes controversial issues distinguished him from other presenters.

& # 39; Gay Byrne was a rare treasure that touched the lives, not only of his family and friends, but also of the hundreds of thousands of people who welcomed him into their lives and their homes on the radio and TV. & # 39;

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy also paid tribute to Mr Byrne. & # 39; It was with immense sadness that I heard of the death of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne, & # 39; he added.

& # 39; He was the master, one-off and we'll never see things like that again.

Host of the TV chat show Gay Byrne signs the Roll of Honorary Freedom, with Lord Mayor Joe Doyle, after he got the freedom from the city of Dublin

Host of the TV chat show Gay Byrne signs the Roll of Honorary Freedom, with Lord Mayor Joe Doyle, after he got the freedom from the city of Dublin

Host of the TV chat show Gay Byrne signs the Roll of Honorary Freedom, with Lord Mayor Joe Doyle, after he got the freedom from the city of Dublin

Gay Byrne can be seen with Maureen O & # 39; Hara during the Irish film and television awards in Dublin in 2004

Gay Byrne can be seen with Maureen O & # 39; Hara during the Irish film and television awards in Dublin in 2004

Gay Byrne can be seen with Maureen O & # 39; Hara during the Irish film and television awards in Dublin in 2004

& # 39; I saw him as a child, worked alongside him as a young man and he guided me as I grew older and I will be indebted to him forever.

& # 39; We in RTE have lost a friend, a family has lost a father and a husband, and the country has lost an icon. & # 39;

The RTE broadcaster and the former Late Late Show host had undergone cancer treatment.

RTE Director General, Dee Forbes, paid tribute to Mr. Byrne. & # 39; We are all very sad about the death of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years & she said

RTE Director General, Dee Forbes, paid tribute to Mr. Byrne. & # 39; We are all very sad about the death of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years & she said

RTE Director General, Dee Forbes, paid tribute to Mr. Byrne. & # 39; We are all very sad about the death of Gay Byrne, who has been a household name in this country for so many years & she said

While official announcements of compassion have arrived, they also have tributes on Twitter.

Piers Morgan called the late Byrne a & # 39; master of his profession & # 39; while the Republican band Wolfe Tones shared a video of a performance they did with Byrne in 1980.

Irish Times columnist, Fintan O & # 39; Toole said: & # 39; & # 39; End of an era & # 39; is a cliché, but with the death of Gay Byrne this is inevitable. He was a huge figure in Irish life for 4 decades. He not only reflected change, he also helped. & # 39;

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