Sometimes it's better to take solace from a light that once shined
Gaybo is how we often affectionately refer to him these days - particularly those of us who can still vividly recall when his Saturday night 'Late Late Show' reigned supreme in all its pomp and glory.
We can now see more clearly how the dapper-dressed, smooth-talking 'chat show host' conducted his business, always with half an eye to the main chance. Gay Byrne was in the television ratings game - and he never forgot it.
He stoked up many a controversy and verbal bust-up in his time. And there was nothing wrong with that. These days, it is sometimes described as 'infotainment'. If some ding-dong on the 'Late Late' could make it to the front pages of the Sunday papers the following morning, that was very sweet indeed. Being talked about, argued about, and discussed with vehemence and passion, was central to the success of the programme and its host.