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Gay Byrne opens up on turning 82 and still being ‘in one piece’


Gay Byrne has turned 82 today, and opened up about still being “in one piece” after suffering a heart attack back in December.

The former Late Late Show host was hospitalised for weeks after taking ill in late December last year – but now Gay insists he has “remarkably good health”.

“I have remarkably good health and I’m grateful at that. I’ve arrived at the tender age of 82 in one piece and feel upright, much to everybody’s surprise, including my own.

“Thank God I’ve enjoyed robust good health all my life,” he told the Herald.

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Speaking about his heart attack, the broadcaster admitted that he was told to take better care of himself, but said regular exercise has kept him relatively fit throughout the years.

“I had a little heart setback earlier this year and I have been told to look after myself with a little more care, but so far I am doing fine.”

“I walk a lot. I lived in Howth for 35 years and I walked a great deal there. The great thing about Howth is that going or coming, you’ve got to climb the hill,” he said.

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On the topic of birthday celebrations for turning the big 82, Gay wants to keep it low-key.

“I’m not a person for big celebrations. I did celebrations for my 80th two years ago.┬áI’m in Donegal and I’ll have the family around me and grandchildren.

“We will probably go out for a meal somewhere and that will be it. We’re just having a little holiday. We’ve been coming to Donegal for the last 40 years or so,” he added.