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'To the end, his timing was impeccable. Dad went when he decided it was time'... Daughters Suzy and Crona remember their dad Gay Byrne


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The late Gay Byrne. Photo: Kip Carroll

The late Gay Byrne. Photo: Kip Carroll

Gay and Suzy

Gay and Suzy

Gay with Suzy and Crona

Gay with Suzy and Crona

Kathleen, Crona and Suzy during the funeral mass. Photo: David Conachy

Kathleen, Crona and Suzy during the funeral mass. Photo: David Conachy

Gay Byrne, his wife Kathleen Watkins and their daughter Crona at the 1966 Galway Oyster Festival . Photo courtesy Connacht Tribune

Gay Byrne, his wife Kathleen Watkins and their daughter Crona at the 1966 Galway Oyster Festival . Photo courtesy Connacht Tribune

Gay and Kathleen with Suzy and Crona

Gay and Kathleen with Suzy and Crona

Gay and Kathleen and their five grandchildren

Gay and Kathleen and their five grandchildren

Gay and Crona

Gay and Crona

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The late Gay Byrne. Photo: Kip Carroll

As Gay Byrne's daughters Suzy and Crona experience Father's Day without their beloved dad for the first time, they remember the man behind the broadcasting icon. They describe what he was like as a father and as the off-screen person the public didn't know, and recall their experience of growing up as Gaybo's children

Suzy Byrne: 'the baby of the family'

On October 29, 2019, we brought Dad home to Howth. Within minutes he changed: gone was the fear and agitation, replaced by peace and contentment. His beloved Baily lighthouse in his view, and all of us with him. His last days. We chose to have Dad downstairs, slightly away but still centre to the hum and noise of us all. Enabling steady company but not a vigil, which he would have hated.