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from a 2004 Scannell documentary on Ann Lovett.

Gay Byrne (@.34) considers the Sunday Tribune‘s front page story by Emily O’Reilly on Ms Lovett’s death on the Late Late Show in 1984.

Good times.

Ann Lovett report praised by journalist who broke the story (irish Times)

More revelations may come in tragic story of Ann Lovett (Irish Examiner`)


Gay Byrne

GAY Byrne has revealed that he used to dread going to school – as he was assaulted by Christian Brothers daily.

The broadcaster, 82, was a student at Synge Street in Dublin, where he finished top of his class in Irish and Latin.

In new programme Last Orders,, Gay returns to his old school to examine the history of religious orders and their role in educating us.

He said: “Many is the time of I would turn that corner from the South Circular Road with the most awful feelings of foreboding, fright and anxiety.

“I knew I would be physically hurt that day. I was going to be belted, I was going to be thumped, for some reason or another.”

Brothers Beat Up Gaybo (The Irish Sun)


Chat show king Gay Byrne yesterday leapt to the defence of Christian Brother Schools – despite being disciplined as a schoolboy.

The 71-year-old said he would never have learned to read or write had it not been for the religious order schools.

And Gay admitted many of the hidings he got at CBS Synge Street in Dublin were because the Brothers “probably had no option“.

He added: “I believe they gave us a fantastic education, an amazingly well -rounded education in so many ways.”

Gaybo believes the Church-run schools were not equipped to deal with the students because of massive overcrowding.

In an interview with Catholic magazine The Voice Today, he claimed many of the Brothers were extremely nice to students and some never used physical punishment.

Gay said the media had been responsible for much of the Church-bashing that has occurred in recent years.

He claimed many of those now teaching journalism attended a CBS and their anti-Church attitude has filtered down to the students they are sending out to work in the media.

Gaybo: CBS Gave Us The Best Education (The Mirror, April 21, 2006)

There you go now.


But the star said the first time he realised – along with the rest of the country – that shocking secrets were being hidden in Catholic Ireland was in 1984 with the tragic death of Ann Lovett, who gave birth to a stillborn baby boy at a grotto in Granard, Co Longford, and died shortly afterwards.



Gay Byrne dismisses Sunday Tribbune coverage of Ann Lovett’s death on the Late Late Show in 1984,from the opening minutes of a Scannell documentery on Ann Lovett.

Good times.

Previously: Christian Brothers Stories


“There are three human acts of being born, creating life or making love and dying, and I think they are the three most important things you ever do and for each of these the Church has doctrine which would inspire you to fear all three of them

Hozier on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne on Sunday night on RTÉ One at 10.35pm.

And Hozier on on the church and sex.



Staying in Sunday?

Reaction queen Gay Byrne questions Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother.

Fergus McCormack writes:

In a rare personal interview, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and brother of Princess Diana, talks with remarkable openness and candour about his sister’s tragic death, his controversial oration at her funeral, their difficult childhood together and the challenge of guarding his own privacy, as the brother of the world’s most famous woman….

The Meaning of Life With Gay Byrne RTÉ One on  Sunday at 10.30pm.


“I am looking for certainty and looking for something to hang on to. And I’ve been brainwashed with all the other lovely Catholic people in Ireland, with the Christian Brothers. You don’t come through 10 years of the Christian Brothers . . . without that making an impression on you.”

Gay Byrne to Róisin Ingle on her Irish Times podcast ‘Róisin Meets…’

Gay Byrne: same-sex marriage is ‘long overdue’ (Irish Times)

Previously: No More Mr Rice Guy

Christian Brothers Stories


Gay Byrne’s God.

Stephen Fry’s remorseless logic.

Telly heaven

Gay Byrne:
“Suppose what Oscar believed in when he died, despite your protestations, it’s all true and you walk up to the Pearly Gates and you are confronted by God, what will Stephen Fry say to him, her or it?”

Stephen Fry:
“I will basically, that is the theodicy I think, I will say ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you, how dare you create a world in which there is such misery it’s not our fault? It’s not right, it’s utterly utterly evil, why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ That’s what I’d say.”

“You think you’re going to get in?”

Fry: “No, but I wouldn’t want to. I wouldn’t want to get in on his terms. They’re wrong. Now if I died and it was Pluto, Hades and it were the twelve Greek Gods then I would have more truck with it because the Greeks were, they didn’t pretend not to be human in their appetites and in their capriciousness and in their unreasonableness.
They didn’t present themselves as being all seeing all-wise all-kind all beneficent, because the god who created this universe, if there is a god was quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish, totally, we have to spend our life on our knees thanking him, what kind of god would do that?.
Yes the world is very splendid but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind, they eat outwards from the eyes, why, why did you do that to us?
You could easily have made a creation in which that didn’t exist, it is simply not acceptable, so you know atheism is not just about not believing there is a god, but on the assumption that there is one what kind of god is it, it’s perfectly apparent he is monstrous, utterly monstrous, he deserves no respect whatsoever, the moment we banish him life becomes simple purer, cleaner, and more worth living in my view.”

Byrne: “That sure is the longest answer to that question that I ever got in this entire series.”

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne, Sunday February 1, 10.30pm


Johnstone Weetabix writes:

Would you just check out the gurns on Gaybo’s head when he gets an answer he may not have expected…