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Gaybo reveals who his inspiration was

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne took a trip down memory lane last night when he recalled his school days at Synge Street.

The veteran broadcaster was launching a new book called Never A Dull Day: 150 years of Synge Street CBS in the Oak Room at the Mansion House.

He told the Herald that his plans to become a broadcaster were formed at the school thanks to another famous pupil, Eamonn Andrews, who presented This is Your Life.

"I was very lucky in so far as Eamonn Andrews was also a Synge Street guy, and he became my hero.

"He was a great friend of my older brother and he used to come to our house very often on the South Circular Road. He was in broadcasting.

"I decided very early on when I was 14 or 15 that whatever it was he did, I wanted to do that.

"I formed the idea early on," he said.


Gaybo recalled that the Christian Brothers organised elocution lessons for its pupils on a Saturday.

"They must have had such a wide, wide range of kids from different backgrounds, and they must have realised that these fellas at some time will have to do interviews."

Also attending the launch of the book last night was former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, also a past pupil.

All of the proceeds from sales of the book, edited by principal Michael Minnock and Sean Ryan, are going towards the renewal project in the school, which aims to provide funding for small sale infrastructural projects.

Meanwhile, Gaybo also revealed that during the summer he will be recording another series of The Meaning of Life.

"It was very well received, particularly well received this current season.

"We did very well with that this year," he said.

Within RTE, a number of highly-publicised changes to RTE's schedule sees Brendan O'Connor (inset) moving on from The Saturday Night Show, and Ray D'Arcy launching a new entertainment series this autumn.

"I used to be wildly interested in all of that, but I have left a great deal of that behind now," Gay commented.