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Brendan O’Carroll opens up about the last time he spoke to ‘mentor’ Gay Byrne

Brendan O’Carroll has opened up about the last time he spoke to beloved presenter, Gay Byrne before he passed away. The Mrs Brown’s Boys actor shared that he spoke with Gay two weeks before he died.

Brendan had recently had a heart procedure and Gay FaceTimed him to see how he was.

Speaking with The Irish Mirror Brendan shared; “He called me on Facetime two weeks before he died to see how I was getting on with my heart complaint and to mind myself.”

“Imagine he was dying and all he was concerned about was me, but that was the type of man he was, a legend.”

He also spoke about how much he looked up to Gay and that he was a sort of mentor figure in his life; “Gay was a great mentor even though I only met him twice in my life outside the Late Late Show studio.”

“I have a lot to thank him for, he was the man who advised me to take breaks and to rest and that is why at 65 years of age I only work 26 weeks of the year.”

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The much loved Late Late Show presenter’s passing was recently marked by his wife and family on the first anniversary of his death. The legendary broadcaster sadly died in November 2019, surrounded by loved-ones in the comfort of his home.

Marking one year since his death, Kathleen and their daughters Suzy and Crona, spent some quality together before visiting the cemetery.

“The first anniversary was a very special day. We all went to the grave and said prayers,” she told the Irish Mirror.

“We had a lovely family day. We’re comforting each other and we’re doing our best, let’s put it like that.”

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