Gay Byrne's daughter thankful dad didn't have to live through COVID-19 nightmare

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Gay Byrne’s daughter Suzy said she thanks God every day her father didn’t have to suffer through the pandemic.

The late RTE legend died aged 85 surrounded by his family in his Dublin home last November after a long period of ill-health.

Having seen people robbed of the same peaceful passing due to Covid-19 this year, Suzy said hindsight has made her grateful for the timing of his death.

She told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE Radio One yesterday:“We’ve said it so many times, thank God he wasn’t here for this because he was somebody who loved people, loved the radio, loved his audiences and being around people.

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“I think it would have been horrendous for him and he would have not coped at all with the frustrations and the inability to do anything and not being able to vent his frustrations on the air, because he would have been too sick to do so.”

11/5/99 GAY BYRNE AT RTE IN DUBLIN (Image: COLLINS DUBLIN)

The iconic host was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and Suzy said he only had two wishes before his death – to be in his beloved Howth in North Dublin and not to suffer.

Having fulfilled those wishes, she told how she feels lucky to have had the quality time with the former Late Late Show host in his final days.

But Suzy admitted it has been “sobering” having seen the pain and destruction felt by others who couldn’t do the same this year.

She added: “It’s been a hard year and we miss him dreadfully. Having said that, we were so lucky when we look back and see how the last year has been for people.

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“We were able to nurse him, spend time with him, he was with us every Sunday in Howth and every Christmas, we were with him until the very end.

“People have been robbed of that
this year and that puts things into perspective for us. He was 85. It was his time and he realised that in the last six months. We had wonderful times with him, nothing was left unsaid.”

  • Gay Byrne Life On Stage, recorded during his One Man tour in 2012, will
    air on RTE Radio One at 5pm.

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