A nation holds its breath: gay Byrne's big hits and bad misses
Gay Byrne got people talking thanks to The Late Late Show and his long-running radio programme, but for all his successes, he wasn't always on song.
1972: Late Late panelist Fr Fergal O'Connor criticises Catholic establishment for not allowing divorce.
1982: Women's right to abortion argued by feminist guest Anna Raeburn on the Late Late.
1984: Entire episode of The Gay Byrne Show devoted to listeners' letters on teen pregnancies and having children out of wedlock, inspired by the Ann Lovett tragedy.
1985: The traveller special on the Late Late.
1999: Padraig Flynn talks himself into trouble on the Late Late.
1993: A condescending and rude interview with Annie Murphy, which exposed Bishop Eamon Casey.
1994: Lets emotion get in the way and refuses to shake Gerry Adams's hand.