RTE Broadcaster Gay Byrne has died at the age of 85.

Born in 1934, Gay Byrne went on to forge a legendary career in Irish broadcasting, which touched the lives of millions.

Starting out with a 15 minute slot on Radio Eireann, he also worked in the UK for both Granada and the BBC, before landing his defining role, with the start of the Late Late Show in July 1962.

Gay Byrne would remain at the helm of the Late Late until 1999.

The Gay Byrne Radio Show also ran on RTE Radio 1 for 25 years, along with "Uncle Gaybo" presenting other favourites such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", and "The Meaning of Life".

In 2004, The Irish Film & Television Awards awarded Gay Byrne with its lifetime achievement award.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, daughters Suzy and Crona and their families. 


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