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The Meaning Of Life with Gay Byrne

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Series 8

Programme 1
In the first of a new series musical star Colm Wilkinson talks to Gay Byrne

Programme 2
Gay Byrne talks to new European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly

Programme 3
Gay Byrne talks to Fr Peter McVerry

Programme 4
Gay Byrne talks to soprano Celine Byrne

Programme 5
Gay Byrne talks to singer Imelda May

Series 7

Programme 1
Multi award-winning writer Colm Tóibín is Gay Byrne's guest in the first programme in the new series.

Programme 2
Gay Byrne talks to JP Donleavy about his origins in the Bronx and the experiences, ideas and beliefs that have shaped his work.

Programme 3
Gay Byrne interviews John Lonergan about the values and beliefs which shaped - and were shaped by - his career in Irish prisons

Programme 4
Gay Byrne meets psychologist Maureen Gaffney to hear what gives her life meaning.

Programme 5
Award-winning actor and singer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, talks to Gay Byrne

Programme 1
In a unique, in-depth interview between two Irish legends, Bono talks to Gay Byrne about the life that has shaped his beliefs and values and the values and beliefs that have shaped his life.

Series 6

Programme 1
In the first of a new series Gay Byrne talks to Mary McAleese.

Programme 2
Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher talks to Gay Byrne about the things he believes in. and the things he doesn't.

Programme 3
In his first televised interview since last year's presidential campaign, Sean Gallagher tells Gay Byrne what gave an almost-blind schoolboy failure the self-belief to run for the highest office in the land, and how he has coped with the disappointment of becoming last year's nearly man.

Programme 4
One of Ireland's most successful and best loved footballers, Niall Quinn, tells Gay how a mixture of faith, family and luck enabled him to "swim in the river without getting wet" in a sport that was rife with drink and gambling.

Series 5

Programme 1
In the first of a new series Gay Byrne talks to Andrea Corr.

Programme 2
The Chieftains' front man, Paddy Moloney, bears his soul to Gay Byrne.

Programme 3
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Fr Shay Cullen speaks his mind to Gay Byrne about the faith that motivates him to keep going in the face of evil.

Programme 4
Gay Byrne talks to non-believer, entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson.

Programme 5
Bob Geldof reveals all to Gay Byrne about the people, things and ideas which have given his life meaning.

Programme 6
Mary Byrne gives her "hero" Gay Byrne an access-all-areas interview about the loves, faith and experiences which have given her life meaning.

Series 4

Programme 1
Gay Byrne interviews his long-time friend and former colleague, Sir Michael Parkinson

Programme 2
Brendan O'Carroll tells Gay Byrne, the man who discovered him, how much his TV character Mrs Brown owes to his Mum, an ex-nun, pioneering Labour T.D. and widowed mother of eleven.

Programme 3
Gay Byrne interviews the Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman.

Programme 4
Gay Byrne interviews Kilkenny GAA legend, Brian Cody.

Programme 5
Gay Byrne interviews Hollywood Acting Legend Martin Sheen.

Programme 6
Gay Byrne interviews Ben Dunne.

Series 3

Programme 1
Gay Byrne interviews fellow veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan about his thoughts on ageism, religion and a life which has had its highs and lows, its moments of tragedy, laughter and success.

Programme 2
Emmy and IFTA-winning actress, Fionnula Flanagan, reveals to Gay Byrne how her moral compass owes much more to her ex-communicated, alcoholic revolutionary father than to the nuns who educated her.

Programme 3
Gay Byrne talks to prolific author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra about his beliefs and influences.

Programme 4
Gay Byrne talks to Rev Ian Paisley about the staunch upbringing and firm beliefs that made him Ulster's "Dr No."

Programme 5
Gay Byrne meets legendary sports broadcaster Micheál Ó Muicheartaigh

Dana
Gay Byrne meets Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana

Series 2

Programme 1
Gay Byrne talks to actor Gabriel Byrne about his ongoing struggles with depression and alcohol and about the many events which have occurred across his life which shape his beliefs.

Programme 2
Gay Byrne talks to controversial comedian Tommy Tiernan about the strong role religion and spirituality play in his approach to life and comedy.

Programme 3
Gay Byrne talks to Oscar award-winning actress Brenda Fricker about acting and fame and the depression that has crippled her for so much of her adult life.

Programme 4
Gay Byrne talks to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern about how Catholicism influenced his approach to political and personal events in his life.

Programme 5
Gay Byrne talks international human rights ambassador Mary Robinson about how her experiences of the world have both challenged and enriched her faith.

Programme 6
Gay Byrne talks to writer Edna O'Brien, who in her 80th year, reflects on the way her turbulent life has shaped her religious beliefs and personal values.

 

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