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Monday 26 September 2016

'I’m feeling better and am on the road to recovery' - Gay Byrne speaks after heart attack scare

Kirsty Blake Knox and Eimear Rabbitt

Published 30/12/2015 | 21:19

Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne

Broadcaster Gay Byrne says he is firmly on “the road to recovery” after suffering a heart attack.

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The radio and TV host, who was admitted to Saint Vincent’s hospital in Dublin on Monday night, will be discharged in the coming days.

Tonight Byrne was happy to report that he is on the mend.

“I’m feeling better and am on the road to recovery. Thanks to all for the well wishes,” he said. 

News of his heart attack came as a shock to friends and colleagues.

 “I was very shocked to hear the news,” Miriam O’Callaghan said. “But I am absolutely overjoyed to hear that Gay is making a great recovery and my thoughts are with Gay and Kathleen and the whole family at this difficult time,” she said.

“Gay is the undisputed king of broadcasting but much more importantly, he is a wonderfully kind, caring and supportive colleague, and always great fun too. I just wish him the fullest and speediest recovery.”

Former colleague and ‘Late Late Show’ host Pat Kenny described Gaybo as resilient.

“He is in good health generally and all his walking and cycling will stand to him,” he said. “I’m glad to hear he is reportedly doing well”.

Marty Morrissey added: “I’m mad about Gay, we all are. He’s Ireland’s Number One. I’m delighted he is doing well.”

Gay had previously suffered a health scare at his home in Sandymount in 2011.

Gay was rushed to St Vincent’s A&E after he suddenly found himself unable to breathe. He became a household name while hosting ‘The Late Late Show’.

While Gay has been working less in recent years, he continues to appear on screen in ‘The Meaning of Life’.

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