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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Kathleen and Gay all aflutter at the Curragh

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

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Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins celebrated their anniversary in style at the Curragh yesterday.

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Not usually a betting man, Gay dropped "a few shillings" to toast the couple's 50th wedding anniversary - the official date of which was June 25.

The pair were in flying spirits at the Kildare race course to cheer on the runners and riders in a race named in their honour.

The Gay and Kathleen Byrne Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage Handicap kicked off at 3.45pm at the Co Kildare track.

The race was won by 
Hasanour, which was ridden by Shane Foley.

The former Late Late Show host and his wife were one of a number of high-profile guests who enjoyed a weekend of horse racing, with a number of races linked to Irish Champions Weekend.

"We thought it would be a good idea to give Gay and Kathleen a special day out with their family," Evan Arkwright, commercial manager of the Curragh Racecourse, said.

"It's all a bit of fun," Gaybo said.

It's been a summer of toasts for the broadcaster.

He turned 80 on August 5 and marked the milestone with a "small get-together" in Co Donegal - where he owns a holiday home - surrounded by family and a few friends from his local walking club.

Now Gay is hoping to take life a little easier professionally, but he will still be busy.

While he is expected to return to host his weekend lyric fm radio programme in the autumn, his series For One Night Only will not return as part of RTE's television line-up.

His other show, The Meaning of Life, will return in the New Year.

In addition, a second The Meaning of Life book will be published in October.

Sunday Independent

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