For one night only: Gaybo back on big stage
VETERAN RTE star Gay Byrne will embark on a series of one-night stands across the country this summer.
Sporting a colourful psychedelic-looking tie "made for me by one of my many girlfriends years ago", the sprightly 77-year-old broadcasting icon said yesterday he will be hitting the road in May with his "one-man stage show".
"It's just me talking to people about all sorts of things," he said of the six live dates in Athlone, Longford, Portlaoise, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow.
"We did it for the (Irish) Cancer Society in the Gate Theatre way back last September and I did it twice in Tallaght in the Civic Theatre and people thought it was enjoyable and they came in large numbers," he told the Irish Independent yesterday.
'The Late Late Show' veteran shows no sign of slowing down after leaving the flagship talk show more than a dozen years ago.
He has agreed to continue as chairman of the Road Safety Authority for another three years while still presenting his Sunday afternoon radio show on RTE's Lyric FM. The show will wrap up for the season at the end of this month before returning again in the autumn. He said there are no plans for a return to his popular music chat show 'For One Night Only' that aired on RTE One over the summer, but he hasn't ruled anything out.
The six-part series included interviews with music legends Bob Geldof, Christy Moore, Daniel O'Connell and Imelda May as well as a special tribute to The Dubliners.
Mr Byrne made the comments following a photo call with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte yesterday to launch a public awareness campaign over the upcoming €70m switchover to digital television in October.
From October 24, television aerials which currently provide an analogue TV signal to approximately 250,000 households across Ireland will no longer work.
Viewers will have to take action before then to avail of the free Saorview service which will replace the old system.