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‘He was a man of the people’

  • Written by Ivan Smyth
  • Published in Lifestyle
Featured Well-known photographer Michael McCormack and his mother Phyllis pictured with Gay Byrne in Ballaghaderreen in the late 1990s on the occasion of an RTE Outside Broadcast in the town. Well-known photographer Michael McCormack and his mother Phyllis pictured with Gay Byrne in Ballaghaderreen in the late 1990s on the occasion of an RTE Outside Broadcast in the town.

 

 

 

Ivan Smyth took to the streets of Roscommon to find out what the people thought of the broadcasting legend Gay Byrne, who died earlier this week…(photos: Michael McCormack)

 

Phil Frawley, Roscommon town

I am so sad that Gay has died. I really liked him on the Late Late Show. I thought he was very good at it and well able to talk to people. He was great on the radio too. He had the perfect voice and was very good at making people comfortable when talking to them. Gay seemed to have an interest in a lot of things and it showed when he spoke to people. He will go down as a legend.

 

Mary Kelly, Ballintubber

He was very good on the Late Late (Show) and the Toy Show. He could talk about anything and everything. He was an awful nice man and he was able to talk to the people. He did a lot for the country by asking the tough questions and talking about things that other people wouldn’t. Gay was a great man and he will be missed.

 

Eoin Maughan, Castlerea

He was great on the Toy Show and I think he was the best person to host it. He was a great talker and able to deal with different people. I think he was the best host of the Late Late Show and there will be nobody as good as him at it.

 

Nonie Golden, Castlecoote

I was actually on the Late Late one night when Gay was presenting it. I started out with agri-tourism 50 years ago and the Irish Tourist Board asked me to go on the show. He was very easy to talk to and an all-round lovely man. He dealt with issues that others wouldn’t and he helped the country by doing that. He was a good age and everyone seems to have enjoyed listening and talking to him over the years.

 

Ann Connell, Castlecoote

I was mad about Gay Byrne. He just had a great way with people and he had time to listen to everyone’s problems, especially on the radio. I listened to him a lot on the radio and he was brilliant at it. Everyone felt he was one of their own. He could talk about everything but he was no pushover. He was well able to handle himself. I am sad that he is gone. I would say that he was a man of the people.

 

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