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Gabriel to reveal all with namesake Gay

RTE legend Gay Byrne (below) will shortly be grilling his namesake Gabriel Byrne on all of the thorny issues in the actor's interesting life.

The broadcasting star has scored a surprise hit with his religious show The Meaning of Life and he has been getting the low-down on the spiritual beliefs of some of our biggest celebrities, including singer Sinead O'Connor and actor Colin Farrell.

This Sunday, it's the turn of award-winning Usual Suspects star Gabriel, who will be dishing the dirt to his old pal during the hour-long programme.

No stranger to ecumenical matters, the actor will be revealing all about his decision to enter a British seminary aged 11, his experiences of clerical sexual abuse and his reasons for giving up on the idea of the priesthood.

In the frank interview, he will also be telling all about his struggle with alcohol and depression, and the reason why he thinks so much about death.

Gabriel will also be speaking out about the two main women in his life, namely Hollywood bombshell and former wife Ellen Barkin and the late Aine O'Connor.

Long-term acquaintances, himself and Gay's friendship goes back a long way and the actor was one of the big-name stars who flew in from LA to appear on the host's last ever Late Late Show programme in 1999.

Gabriel also has much in common with the RTE veteran, given that they were both sons of Guinness workers and both were educated by the Christian Brothers.