The Meaning Of Life with Gay Byrne

Programme 1

Gay Byrne with actor Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne shares more than a name with his interviewer. Both were sons of Guinness workers; both were educated by the Christian Brothers. This bond provides the basis for a searching interview, in which Gabriel talks engagingly and openly about his life: his decision to enter a UK seminary at the age of eleven; his experiences of clerical sexual abuse; his reasons for giving up on any idea of priesthood and his search for another vocation, which found fulfilment in acting; his relationships with the two key women in his life, Aine O'Connor and Ellen Barkin; his on-going struggle with twin demons - alcoholism and depression - in which he knows he is far from alone in this country; and the reason he thinks so much about death.