Gay Byrne is a name synonymous with Irish radio and television. He joined Radio Éireann in 1958 and has been on our TV screens since Irish television began.
He was the first host of 'The Late Late Show', the world’s longest-running chat show, presenting it from 1962 to 1999. He has also presented 'The Rose of Tralee', 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?', 'The Meaning of Life', and 'For One Night Only'.
From 1973 to 1998, he presented 'The Gay Byrne Hour' on Radio 1, where he pioneered confessional radio in Ireland. He has written several books, including his autobiography 'The Time of My Life' (1987), and columns for the 'RTV Guide', the 'Sunday World' and the 'Sunday Independent'.
On the occasion of Gay Byrne's 80th birthday we take a look at some of the more memorable moments of a broadcasting career spanning six decades.
RTÉ television presenters Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins married in Saggart Parish Church on 25 June 1964.
Gay Byrne discusses Elvis in his latest music column for the RTV Guide.
A 1966 sponsored programme presented by Gay Byrne on radio.
The theme tune of the ‘Gay Byrne Show’ followed by a good morning from Gay.
A ‘Late Late Show’ quiz about the colour of a wife’s honeymoon nightie proves controversial.
Currently living in Ireland Peter Sellers drops by the Late Late Show to talk to Gay Byrne.
Gay Byrne explores attitudes to unmarried mothers in 1980s Ireland.
The opening sequence, titles and music for the Late Late Show have evolved over the years. Back in 1974 a new sequence was launched featuring photographic stills of Gay Byrne.
Some Irish jokes and reminiscences from Spike Milligan on the ’Gay Byrne Show’.
Gay Byrne launches his autobiography 'The Time of My Life' at a reception in Dobbins restaurant in Dublin.
In 1993 Annie Murphy, mother of Peter who was fathered by Eamon Casey, spoke to Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show about her affair with the then Bishop of Kerry.
Marking 500 episodes of the Late Late Show, Eamonn Andrews hi-jacks the show and interviews Gay Byrne about the last 17 years of the show.
A hand-written letter from a listener to the Gay Byrne Show complaining about explicit content on TV.
A short video package presents a montage of Gay Byrne introducing the show from all over the years.
Sinn Féin President talks to Gay Byrne about issues of personal faith and morality and how they have impacted on his role within the Republican movement.
Gay Byrne looks back on his career with Olivia O’Leary.