Gay Byrne, veteran Irish broadcaster, dies aged 85

Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne, the veteran Irish broadcaster who presented the Late Late Show on RTE, has died aged 85, his family says.

The father of two, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer, “died in Howth surrounded by his family” after a long illness, RTE announced.

In a statement, his family said: “It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.

Sinead O'Connor was one of the guests on Gay Byrne's final episode of the Late Late Show in 1999
Image:Sinead O’Connor was one of the guests on Gay Byrne’s final episode of the Late Late Show in 1999

“We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay’s illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society”.

RTE director-general, Dee Forbes, called him “a household name” and “an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and ground-breaking style contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country.

Gay Byrne in the studio on the 15th anniversary of his radio show in 1988
Image:Gay Byrne in the studio on the 15th anniversary of his radio show in 1988

“Gay’s journalistic legacy is as colossal as the man himself – he not only defined generations, but he deftly arbitrated the growth and development of a nation.

“Ireland grew up under Gay Byrne, and we will never see his like again. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and his family.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar tweeted that the man known to millions as “Uncle Gaybo” was “a much-loved figure who changed Ireland for the better in so many ways”.

Former Ireland international footballer Paul McGrath paid tribute to “a man who has always been so kind to me over my career”.

Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins, described him on Twitter as a man “of great charisma” who “exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting.

“This was combined with an innate gentleness as a person, professionalism and humour.”

Modern-day presenter and comedian Dara O Briain tweeted that it was “hard to explain how huge a presence he was in Ireland for 40+ years”.

Born in Dublin in 1934, Byrne began working as a radio newsreader and continuity announcer in the late 1950s before moving to Granada Television in Manchester, where he worked on a variety of shows, interviewing acts including The Beatles.

In 1961 he hosted the Late Late Show for the first time in a stint that lasted nearly 40 years.

The programme, a mix of showbiz, music and debate, would go on to become one of the world’s longest-running chat shows.

U2, Sinead O’Connor and The Pogues were among the artists to perform on the show, which came to be seen as a barometer of a rapidly-changing country.

Gay Byrne kisses his daughter Suzy(12) on the day of her Confirmation watched by Crona(15) looks on
He also presented a long-running radio show on RTE Radio 1, first known as The Gay Byrne Hour and then The Gay Byrne Show.

The programme pioneered listener engagement, with listeners writing in and later phoning Gay about the issues of the day or problems close to their hearts.

His other presenting credits included The Rose of Tralee, The Calor Housewife of the Year competition and more.

Byrne presented his final daily radio show in 1998 and his final Late Late Show the following summer.


Davido reacts to video of woman who accused him of getting her pregnant.

Davido is threatening fire and brimstone as he promises to send lady and her friend who accused him of getting her pregnant.

The music star made this known via his Instagram stories on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. According to him, they will be spending a long time in jail.

“These hoes going to jail!! Mark my words,” he wrote.

Davido is threatening fire and brimstone as he promises to send lady and her friend who accused him of getting her pregnant. [Instagram/DavidoOfficial]

Davido’s comment is coming barely a few hours after two yet to be identified young ladies released a video on social media. One of the unidentified young ladies claimed that Davido was responsible for her pregnancy.

In the over three minute video, the two women obviously irritated and angry claimed that Davido had through his manager, Lati accosted them during a birthday gathering at Eko Hotel in Lagos.

According to the lady, after having sex with Davido, she found out that she was pregnant and all moves made towards reaching Davido and his manager have been received with strong opposition.

Davido is threatening fire and brimstone as he promises to send lady and her friend who accused him of getting her pregnant. [Instagram/DavidoOfficial]

She, however, wants Davido to accept the pregnancy. We will continue to monitor this story as it develops. Davido only recently welcomed a baby boy with his soon to be wife, Chioma.

Davido welcomes baby boy with fiancée, Chioma

Davido welcomes first son and child with Chioma

Announcing the birth of his son on Sunday, October 20, 2019, via Twitter, the 26-year-old singer calls his fiancee, Chioma, a strong wife. The pop star also revealed the name of the child as David Adedeji Adeleke Jr.

“Omoba ti de!!! David Adedeji Adeleke Jr I !! D prince is here!!!! 20 – 10 – 2019 !!! Love you, my strong wife!!! I love you!!!!! ❤️💕,” the excited father tweeted.

Davido and Chioma


In the late hours of Saturday, October 19, 2019, Davido announced that he was in the delivery room on Twitter. Davido formally proposed to Chioma in September at a dinner held in a London restaurant.

The engagement came 10 days after the couple’s family had an introduction ceremony in Rowland’s family home in Lagos.

Solange confirms her split from Alan Ferguson on Instagram.

Solange and husban Alan Ferguson split (B87FM)
Solange and husban Alan Ferguson split (B87FM)
Grammy award-winning American singer, Solange Knowles and her husband, Alan Ferguson are officially divorced after five years of marriage.

The 33-year-old singer announced the split on her social media page on Friday, November 1, 2019.

In her Instagram post, Solange did not share details concerning the cause of the divorce, instead, she wrote about her spiritual transition and how she is set to embark on a new journey.

Solange confirms her split from Alan Ferguson on Instagram (Essence)Solange confirms her split from Alan Ferguson on Instagram (Essence)

She wrote, “11 years ago i met a phenomenal man who changed every existence of my life. early this year we separated and parted ways, (and tho it ain’t nan no body business 😭) i find it necessary to protect the sacredness of my personal truth and to live in it fully just as I have before and will continue to do…”

 Solange and Ferguson started dating in 2008 and got married six years later in an all-white ceremony in New Orleans.

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November 2019