Mary from Mayo writes to the 'Gay Byrne Show' about life with an alcoholic husband. She appeals to his listeners for help.

The long-running 'Gay Byrne Show' on RTÉ Radio 1 was often used as a forum by housewives, who confided their problems in letters to the host, Gay Byrne.

In this clip from 1986, Gay reads out a letter from Mary from Mayo, which he says "could have come from a great number of people around the country". Mary's husband is an alcoholic and "widowhood would be an escape from the hell in which my children and I live". Because she lives in a small town in the west of Ireland, she feels there is no one she can turn to for help but Gay Byrne and the listeners of his show.

Gay responds with advice he has received from Al-Anon, an organisation that supports the families of alcoholics. He says that "there is no point at all in covering up for her alcoholic husband" and that people in her town probably already know about him. He encourages her to go to Al-Anon, who have meetings all over the country, including Mayo, so she doesn't need to come to Dublin.