Saturday 27 May 2017

Uncle Gaybo -- we need you to launch a late, late Aras bid

The nation's father is a living saint, and the obvious choice to fill the yawning gap in our lives, writes Brendan O'Connor

THERE comes a time in every man's life when he needs to step into the breach and do his duty. And in this poor bedraggled country of ours right now, those opportunities arise more often than they might have before, and the compunction to step up to the plate is even greater than it might be in better times.

Gay Byrne might feel that, in many ways, he has done his duty for this country. More than any politician, it was Gay who invented 20th Century Ireland.

It was Gay who ushered us gently into the modern world, who shone the dim, flickering light of the TV screen on to some of the darker corners of the Irish psyche, as it clashed uncomfortably with the new realities of the world.

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