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Family's 'thank you' to public on anniversary of Gay's death

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Gay Byrne and wife Kathleen Watkins

Gay Byrne and wife Kathleen Watkins

Gay Byrne and wife Kathleen Watkins

Gay Byrne's family have expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of goodwill they have received in the 12 months since the broadcaster's death.

In a first anniversary notice in yesterday's Sunday Independent, they thanked the country for the "countless beautiful cards, letters and good wishes received throughout the year".

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Gay's wife, author Kathleen Watkins, said in a recent Late Late Show interview that she only really knew how loved the veteran broadcaster was when the public learned he was ill.

"We knew that Gay was popular and loved, but we didn't know how much. We do now," she said.

"All during the three years when he was so ill, people would stop me on the street, men and women, saying tell him we love him.

"It was just so nice and so essentially Irish and warm and genuine and real and sincere.

"Everything about it was just beautiful."

Kathleen, and the couple's daughters Crona and Suzy, expressed special thanks to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Fr Leonard Moloney SJ and all at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

The family also extended their gratitude to Prof John McCaffrey and the doctors, nurses and all staff at the Mater Hospital, as well as those at St Francis' Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society for the care and support they gave to Gay.

They also thanked the gardaí and Ambulance Service before signing off with a message of positivity, from the title of the late poet Derek Mahon's poem, Everything is going to be all right.

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Gay’s funeral service at the Pro Cathedral

Gay’s funeral service at the Pro Cathedral

Gay’s funeral service at the Pro Cathedral

Gay died on November 4 last year after battling prostate cancer.

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Poet Derek Mahon

Poet Derek Mahon

Poet Derek Mahon


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