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‘Why would you forgive someone who stole the timeless beauty of your childhood?’ – Gareth O’Callaghan reveals horrific abuse he suffered 

The former DJ tells Barry Egan about the horrific abuse he suffered as a child, battling depression, his diagnosis with a fatal condition, and the healing power of love

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Gareth O'Callaghan: ‘I am at peace with the prospect that I will die from this illness at some point’. Photo: Clare Keogh

Gareth O'Callaghan: ‘I am at peace with the prospect that I will die from this illness at some point’. Photo: Clare Keogh

Gareth O'Callaghan and his wife, Paula

Gareth O'Callaghan and his wife, Paula

Gareth O'Callaghan in the 2FM studios

Gareth O'Callaghan in the 2FM studios

Gareth O'Callaghan as a boy

Gareth O'Callaghan as a boy

Gareth has thought a lot about the prospect of assisted suicide. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gareth has thought a lot about the prospect of assisted suicide. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gareth O'Callaghan with his old colleague Gay Byrne

Gareth O'Callaghan with his old colleague Gay Byrne

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Gareth O'Callaghan: ‘I am at peace with the prospect that I will die from this illness at some point’. Photo: Clare Keogh

It was Gareth O’Callaghan’s 60th birthday last Wednesday. He and his wife Paula spent the afternoon in their back garden in Cork. “We listened to music,” he says, “and relaxed in the unexpected sunshine.”

The former RTÉ broadcaster deserves a bit of sunshine in his life. In March 2018 he was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder, multiple system atrophy (MSA), and he retired later that year. He doesn’t know how long he has to live.


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