Niall Tóibín as an ordinary Dublin individual pays tribute to broadcaster Gay Byrne.

Niall Tóibín pays tribute to Gay Byrne with the inaugural Gay Byrne Memorial Lecture which will be delivered every thousand years by an ordinary Dublin individual.

Gay Byrne is a democrat. He passionately believes in free speech. He passionately believes in free everything and after damn near forty years of getting everything for nothing his greatest achievement came when the Dublin Corporation threw in the towel and said, ah here, have the fuckin' city.

The theme the lecture is 'Great Poems of the Millennium'. Niall Tóibín recites two short poems 'The Dancer' and 'The Sportsman' both written by anonymous.

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 21 May 1999. The presenter is Gay Byrne.

This was the final Late Late Show of the series and the last show presented by Gay Byrne after hosting the show for thirty seven years.

Other guests on the night included Billy Connolly, Larry Gogan, Jimmy Magee, Salman Rushdie, Mike Murphy, Marianne Finucane, President Mary McAleese with a special presentation to Gay by Bono and Larry Mullen from U2. Performances on the night came from The Corrs, Rosaleen Linehan, Frank McNamara, Christy Moore, Sarah Brightman, Sonny Knowles, and The Jazz Coasters.