Saturday 10 December 2016

Gay Byrne: 'I'll be back on Lyric FM in October - unless I die in the meantime'

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 01/02/2016 | 20:48

Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Brenda Fricker arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Lisa Duffy with her son Jordan arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
John B Keane grand daughters Maggie and Lainey Keane arrive at the Opening of the Druid production of Big Maggie by John B Keane in the Gaiety. Big Maggie runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Joe Duffy and his wife June arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Liz O Donnell and Gay Byrne arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne said he is taking life "more slowly" following his heart attack over one month ago.

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The former Late Late Show host was rushed to hospital in December, but said he is fighting fit again and making the most of his life.

"I'm just taking things a bit more slowly now, I've been back to the doctor and he's very happy with me," the 81-year-old told the Herald.

"I'm happy and taking things easy - walking a little less and a little more slowly."

Brenda Fricker arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Brenda Fricker arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The Dublin native said his heart attack has not affected his work at all and it's business as usual for him.

Gay will finish his radio show on Lyric FM "by arrangement" at the end of March and is due to return in October - "as far as I know unless I die in the mean time," he joked.

Joe Duffy and his wife June arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Joe Duffy and his wife June arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The stalwart presenter also has more work to do on his TV show, The Meaning of Life.

"We have two more episodes to do and that's me for the series," he said.

Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Gay said he was still "very sad" following the death of his old friend and colleague, Terry Wogan.

He stepped out to attend the opening night of Big Maggie at the Gaiety Theatre, alongside his wife Kathleen Watkins.

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