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Sunday 4 December 2016

Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne reveals prostate cancer fears

Published 20/11/2016 | 17:02

Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins married in 1964, in Saggart, Co Dublin
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins married in 1964, in Saggart, Co Dublin
Pioneer: Gay Byrne in the RTE Studios in 1967.

LEGENDARY Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has revealed that his doctors fear he has prostate cancer.

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The iconic RTE presenter told listeners the news on his Lyric FM show this afternoon.

"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 82-year-old Gay.

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

Gay Byrne presenting The Late Late Show in 1969.
Gay Byrne presenting The Late Late Show in 1969.

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

A spokesperson for RTE said: "All of Gay’s friends and colleagues in RTE wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back in the coming weeks."

Pioneer: Gay Byrne in the RTE Studios in 1967.
Pioneer: Gay Byrne in the RTE Studios in 1967.

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