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Johnny Logan with Shay Healy pictured at the launch of RTE 1's documentary 'What's Another Year: The Life and Times of Shay Healy'

Johnny Logan with Shay Healy pictured at the launch of RTE 1's documentary 'What's Another Year: The Life and Times of Shay Healy'

Shay Healy pictured singing one of his own songs 'Stardust' at the launch of RTE 1's documentary 'What's Another Year: The Life and Times of Shay Healy'

Shay Healy pictured singing one of his own songs 'Stardust' at the launch of RTE 1's documentary 'What's Another Year: The Life and Times of Shay Healy'

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Johnny Logan with Shay Healy pictured at the launch of RTE 1's documentary 'What's Another Year: The Life and Times of Shay Healy'

Veteran broadcaster, author and musician Shay Healy was honoured last night at the launch of a new documentary about his career.

 The Life and Times of Shay Healy will air on New Year’s Eve.

“I’m overwhelmed by all of the wonderful things people have been saying about me tonight,” Shay told the Herald.

“When I look back at my life it’s quite a piece of work,” he laughed.

Shay was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease in 2004. He took to the stage and performed a number of songs.

“At least this poxy Parkinson’s doesn’t affect my singing voice – nothing could affect that,” he joked.

Shay is best known for hosting Nighthawks in the late 1980s and early 1990s and for composing What’s Another Year, Ireland’s winning Eurovision entry in 1980 sang by Johnny Logan.

Johnny paid tribute to his long-time friend.

“We did the Eurovision in 1980 together and we’ve been like family since then, so when I heard when RTE was making a documentary with Shay, I was delighted to be involved,” he said.

“I don’t judge his contribution to music as part of the industry but as part of my family because that’s what it feels like to me.

“He’s been a huge part of my life, he’s someone I care very, very much about and he’s someone who has faced everything in his life with an incredibly upbeat attitude.”

John McHugh, a producer at RTE said he was proud to have made the documentary about Shay.

“I think it’s a fine piece of television and Shay has a very strong story which I’m delighted we got to tell with this documentary,” he said.

hnews@herald.ie


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