BREAKING: Gay Byrne passes away aged 85
Legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has died aged 85 after battling cancer for a number of years.
He hosted The Late, Late Show on RTE for 37 years after it first aired in 1962.
The Late Late Show is now one of the world’s longest running chat shows and is now hosted by Ryan Tubridy.
The show had much to do in shaping the new Ireland that was emerging from the 1960s and politician and Papal Knight, Oliver J. Flanagan famously said that “there was no sex in Ireland until Teilifís Éireann went on the air”, a direct reference to Gay Byrne and The Late late Show.
On some occasions the show made headlines itself, with notable guests including former EU Commissioner Pádraig Flynn who spoke about his European salary and lifestyle and Annie Murphy, who had had a child with Bishop Eamonn Casey.
The show also featured discussions on issues such as divorce, abortion and LGBTQ issues, which were then rarely spoken about on television.
Gay also presented his long running radio show on RTE Radio 1, first known as the ‘Gay Byrne Hour’ and then the ‘Gay Byrne Show’.