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As a teenager, John Toal fantasised about being a guest on the Late Late...

In the bathroom mirror of our house in Newry, I used to interview myself on the Late Late. "Well, Gay, that's a great question…" I imagined a future where the details of my fascinating life and glittering career would have a national audience glued to their seats on a Friday night. Because it was the biggest show in town. 

Hear John Toal's essay, One For Everybody in the Audience, on Sunday Miscellany above.

And Patrick Griffin recalls the day Gay Byrne read his poem out on air... and he still has the tape!

Then he read my poem out. It was more than just a reading, it was a performance. Gay brought my few words to life, far better than I could ever have imagined. Family and friends congratulated me, but it was Gay who had performed the magic...'

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