Gay Byrne

Ceist Beag

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At the time we didn't really appreciate Gay for how good he was. He was popular and his show was hugely successful but we didn't fully realise just how special he was. His work ethic, strong personal beliefs coupled with a respect for other views, his journalistic instinct for topics to discuss and questions to ask, all made him who he was. Certainly he might have got offside with the public once or twice but it would be impossible not to. The thing is he never shied away from that and actively encouraged debate.
It's sad when you lose someone like this, all the more when you come to realise we might never have someone that talented again or if we did, would they get the same opportunities in the bland world of chat shows that now exist.
He was a one off and will be fondly remembered.
 

odyssey06

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It's sad when you lose someone like this, all the more when you come to realise we might never have someone that talented again or if we did, would they get the same opportunities in the bland world of chat shows that now exist.
He was a one off and will be fondly remembered.
Yes it seems also to mark the end of an era in which it was possible for someone like him to emerge.
 

beautfan

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I do remember hearing a radio interview interview with, I think it was parkinson, saying within their industry he was really hughly respected.

Talk show hosts in Britain and the US watched 'videos' of him interviewing because there was no YouTube etc. So he was appreciated in his time by his peers.
 

Sunny

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Now Brendan, you know you won't be able to be critical about Gay Byrne or the reaction to his death until at least 2045 or he achieves Sainthood.....
 
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