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Successful career: Gay Byrne in RTÉ studios back in 1964

Successful career: Gay Byrne in RTÉ studios back in 1964

Successful career: Gay Byrne in RTÉ studios back in 1964

He was one of Ireland's most enduring and successful broadcasters, but a swindling accountant and a doomed property play during the boom saw Gay Byrne take calamitous hits to the fortune he'd made.

The veteran broadcaster's woes were compounded by punts on bank shares.

He had stuffed money into Anglo Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland and AIB as shares in financial institutions surged before the crash.


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