Gay Byrne on his cancer battle: “Nothing has been confirmed…I’m hoping it will be ok”

He announced the sad news on his radio show yesterday.

Gay Byrne is
Gay Byrne informed listeners about his health in order to avoid rumours being started.


Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne announced yesterday that he is set to undergo tests this week, as doctors feel he may have prostate cancer.

On his Lyric FM radio show yesterday Gay said that he wouldn’t be on air next Sunday, as he’ll be going into hospital in order to determine if he has cancer or not.

“I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week. They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back.”

“I’ve had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life. It’s my turn now…Many, many people much worse off. Thank you for your good wishes,” he said.

Gay and his wife Kathleen in a recent VIP shoot. PIC: Lili Forberg
Gay and his wife Kathleen in a recent VIP shoot. PIC: Lili Forberg


Now the 82-year-old has stated that he revealed his health troubles publicly to avoid rumours from circulating. He also said that he is trying to stay positive.

Speaking to the Independent Gay said, “I was stating it to my listeners to avoid any rumours or talk. I said that I have to go into hospital for more tests – I could have a touch of prostate cancer.

“Nothing has been confirmed, I will know more at the end of the week. I don’t know anything further at the moment, that’s the extent of it. I am hoping it will be ok.”

We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.

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