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Shay Healy opens up about living with Parkinson's

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Songwriter and broadcaster Shay Healy has said that he "thinks about death all the time" and that he "knows he is turned for home."

Healy was speaking on RTÉ Radio One's Sunday with Miriam this morning (March 30) to mark the tenth anniversary of his diagnosis with the progressive neurological disorder, Parkinson's Disease. 

Healy, who penned Johnny Logan's 1980 Eurovision winner What's Another Year and who hosted RTÉ late night show Nighthawks from 1988 to 1992, said: "I think about death all the time but not in an unhealthy way. I'm kind of resigned to the fact that I'm turned for home. I haven't cried . . . being a realist, I try not to analyse it too much." 

The 70-year-old performer also paid tribute to his wife of 46 years Dymphna for looking after him throughout his illness and added that the only time he feels pain free is when he is on stage. 

"The stage is my natural home. That's where I belong . . . for forty or fifty minutes there's no pain and the Parkinson's goes away.

"I don't know how far this is going to go, or if I'm going to be rendered speechless, which for me would be one of the greatest sentences of all time."

Click on the link above to listen back to Shay's interview with Miriam O'Callaghan.

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