Gather around. I've something to tell you. Gabriel Byrne, former Cultural Ambassador, current truthsayer on all matters Gathering and perennial heart-throb, is in love. Actually head-over- heels in love.
I knew he had an extra special twinkle in his famous blue eyes when I met him for lunch on Monday in the Shelbourne. And so it proved.
"I'm in a committed relationship. She is lovely, intelligent, beautiful, absolutely beautiful," he told me.
I've seen pictures of her and she is indeed absolutely beautiful. And hey, you read it here first – her name is Hannah Beth King, and she is a film-maker.
Gabriel's matinee idol looks guarantee there is never any shortage of beautiful women in his environ. He has had long-standing relationships with his late, much-loved partner Aine O'Connor, not to mention his stunning ex-wife and mother of his children, Ellen Barkin. He has also been linked with Julia Ormond and Madonna.
Gabriel is not sure yet whether he will spend Christmas in Dublin or New York at the moment. He is currently filming Quirke, the BBC mini-series based on the first three books by Benjamin Black (John Banville to you and me) in Dublin.
You can read the full explosive interview and exclusively next month in LIFE Magazine where he talks at length about his life and times as well as Savita Halappanavar, Leo Varadkar, the Gathering, Richard Harris, Ireland, God et al.
Sunday Indo Living