Joe Duffy opens up about Gay Byrne’s cancer battle: “Gay is up and down but he’s a trooper”

Joe has been visiting his colleague and friend regularly since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Joe opens up abeat how Gay is coping.
Joe opens up abeat how Gay is coping.

Joe Duffy has spoken about Gay Byrne’s ongoing cancer battle. The legendary broadcaster was diagnosed with the disease last year, and has been laying low since.

Colleague and close friend Joe visits Gay regularly at his Ballsbridge home as he undergoes treatment, and admitted that it’s been tough for him, and he has his good and bad days.

Speaking to the Irish Sun the Liveline presenter said, “I’m in touch with Gay every ten days and I drop stuff into him, magazines and books he might want but isn’t able to go out and get. He’s such a trooper and such an inspiration.

Joe calls Gay "an inspiration."
Joe calls Gay “an inspiration.”

“To be told you have to take 12 to 14 tablets a day must be a massive shock to Gay’s system because until recently Gay thought Solpadeine was a Spanish football player.

“For the vast majority of his career, he worked six days a week with a daily radio programme and the Late Late Show on a Saturday not a Friday night. He was presenter and producer. Yet Gay never went sick. That’s some determination.”

Despite the difficulties however, 82-year-old Gay is remaining positive and isn’t giving up.

“Gay is up and down but he’s a trooper. Gay will never retire. He has always been an inspiration, and more so now,” Joe said.

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