Sunday 19 November 2017

‘The great thing about grandchildren is that they go away’, admits Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

LEGENDARY Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has admitted that ‘an hour or so’ with his grandchildren is enough to keep him happy.

“You’re not supposed to say this in public but an hour or so of the grandchildren is grand and the great thing about having grandchildren is that they go away somewhere else to somebody else and they amuse themselves”, he said.

The 80-year-old said that his wife has enough enthusiasm for both of them.

He told Highland Radio that his wife Kathleen is “the most adoring and interesting grandmother – and she makes up for both of us.”

However he said that his grandchildren have given him more joy as they grow older.

“They are getting to the stage where you can have a conversation with them. You can engage with them and you can have fun with them.

“But while they were young I’m sorry to say I wasn’t all that good with them”, he admitted.

Gay and Kathleen have been married 50 years and have two daughters, Crona and Suzy.

Although officially retired, he continues to be a regular feature of the airwaves.

He continues to present his popular one-on-one interview show ‘The Meaning of Life’.

He most recent series on Lyric FM finished in March.

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