Monday 24 October 2016

Gaybo broadcasts first live show since heart attack

Gay Byrne is back on Lyric FM
Gay Byrne is back on Lyric FM

Gay Byrne yesterday quipped that he might have another heart attack if he attempted to reply to the mountain of get-well cards he's received.

The 81-year-old broadcasting legend was swamped with messages of support after returning to his Lyric FM jazz show yesterday afternoon.

It was his first time back behind the studio's microphone since suffering a heart attack in late December.

The veteran presenter told listeners he was touched by the "stack of cards" that were waiting for him once he arrived in the studio. But he warned them not to expect a personal reply for the good of his health.

"I have to say a most sincere thank you to the untold number of people who sent letters and cards and messages and calls and emails and all of these things wishing me well. There are far too many to reply to," he said.

"If I tried to reply to them, it could potentially bring on another attack.

"So I was carefully advised not to try and do that."

The former Late Late Show host also paid tribute to the professionalism and efficiency of paramedics with the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance. They got him into St Vincent's Hospital from his nearby home 20 minutes after an emergency call was made on the morning of December 28.

"They were so good, so decisive and competent and efficient and reassuring and all of those things," Gaybo said.


"They were with me in 10 minutes and I was into the hospital within another 10 minutes.

"Believe it or believe it not - I'm not making this up - but I did think in the ambulance of the people in rural Ireland.

"Leave aside the floods altogether, just people living in rural Ireland, not in towns or villages but maybe on the outskirts, up the side of a mountain or the side of a hill and so on and you get an attack like this and you're waiting for the ambulance.

"Boy, oh boy, you would have to wait quite a time.

"It must be ferociously panic-making and unhelpful for anybody who is in the midst of an attack of that kind to be waiting there for the ambulance.

"I thought of them, although I did have other things on my mind at the same time.

"I thought of them," he told listeners.

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