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Grandchild making me go – Gaybo

COULD this be One Direction’s oldest fan?

He turns 80 this summer, but broadcasting legend Gay Byrne is ready to prove he is more than capable of partying with the youth of today.

The radio and TV presenter has revealed that he will be attending an event this weekend where his age group is unlikely to be much in evidence - the One Direction concert.

The former Late Late Show host will be among the thousands of screaming girls lining out to catch a glimpse of the fab five during their string of three gigs in Croke Park.

Gaybo is going as a favour to his daughter Crona, who persuaded him to attend tonight’s opening concert for the Dublin leg of the Where We Are tour.

“I am going to One Direction with my grand-daughter Kate from Co Clare,” he said.

“I didn’t realise it is in Croke Park and not the Aviva beside me.

“I was pinned to the wall two months ago and told you are going to One Direction and that’s it’”.


While promoter MCD insisted that no freebies have been made available by 1D bosses for the hugely popular gigs, Byrne was refusing to give anything away about whether or not his profile scored him the in-demand tickets.

“I’m not prepared to discuss that,” he said.

The veteran broadcaster, who was sampling the gifts on display at Newbridge Silverware during their 80th birthday celebrations yesterday, told The Herald that he is looking forward to a low-key celebration of his milestone birthday this August.

“I have two daughters and they are making all of those arrangements, whatever they are,” he said.

But the presenter said he will begin to slow down in the coming months as he steps back from public life.

He will spend the summer deciding whether to continue with his weekly radio show on Lyric FM.