Saturday 3 December 2016

'Gay is a fighter, a trooper, a survivor' - Ryan Tubridy wishes Gay Byrne well after he reveals cancer fears

Published 21/11/2016 | 09:31

Gay Byrne (L) and Ryan Tubridy (R)
Gay Byrne (L) and Ryan Tubridy (R)
Gay Byrne at the Books Awards last week. Picture By David Conachy.
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins for VIP Magazine. Picture: Lili Forberg/VIP Magazine

Ryan Tubridy has wished Gay Byrne well after it was revealed on Sunday that doctors fear he has prostate cancer.

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"There I was sitting in my kitchen listening to Gay on his programme on a Sunday, as I do," he said on RTE Radio 1 of hearing Mr Byrne's news.

"He said it in very casual terms and was very understated in how he spoke about it."

He said that he understood how Mr Byrne didn't want to attract attention by sharing his news but, being a legendary broadcaster, he inevitably did.

Gay Byrne at the Books Awards last week. Picture By David Conachy.
Gay Byrne at the Books Awards last week. Picture By David Conachy.

"Look at the front covers of the papers today. I wish him and the family well and may he receive the best of care," he continued.

"Gay is a trooper, a fighter, a survivor.

"Let's face it, he's had a tough year after last December and I often see him out and about at events," he said, speaking of Mr Byrne's heart attack last Christmas.

"He is remarkable."

Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins for VIP Magazine. Picture: Lili Forberg/VIP Magazine
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins for VIP Magazine. Picture: Lili Forberg/VIP Magazine

The iconic RTE presenter told listeners his health news on his Lyric FM show on Sunday.

"I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week... They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back," said the 82-year-old.

"I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life."

"It's my turn now ... Many, many people much worse off. Thank you for your good wishes," added Mr Byrne.

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