GAY BYRNE’S final few weeks were spent in the company of his best friend enjoying pints in his favourite local pubs, it has been revealed.
Docklands developer Harry Crosbie’s friendship with the Late Late Show legend dated back decades.
The pair’s special bond manifested itself in the final few weeks of Gay’s life through regular trips to local pubs together.
Gay and Harry were only too happy to soak up the atmosphere alongside a few jars and some good craic with locals who would often to stop and chat with Uncle Gay.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Harry recalled his much-cherished outings with Gay during what was an emotional time for both men.
“We’d go to little quiet bars in Dorset Street,” he said.
“The thing that amazed me was the amount of people that would come up to Gay and sit down and start talking to him, like they knew him all their lives.
“The locals thought they knew him. Because he was so familiar. The local women would sit down and talk to him like they knew him. They would sit down and say ‘Gay, you know your woman in number 37’, they would talk to him like they knew him.
“I am well used to being around famous people but this was on another level and so is the grief out there since he died. So many people are talking about him.”
Another reminder of the unique relationship Byrne enjoyed with the wider Irish public, Gay may have passed away this week but it’s clear that his legacy will live on.