Gay Byrne's funeral to be televised by RTÉ as book of condolences opens in Dublin
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Gay Byrne's funeral to be televised by RTÉ as book of condolences opens in Dublin

RTÉ are to televise the funeral of the late, great Gay Byrne this coming Friday.

The coverage will begin at 11:30am on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now.

Bryan Dobson will present the broadcast while John Bowman and Nationwide's Mary Kennedy will provide commentary of the ceremony.

Coverage will also be streamed live on the RTÉ Player and on RTÉ.ie.

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The funeral mass will take place in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral Church, Dublin at 12pm and thousands are expected to attend.

The Dublin flag on the Mansion House is be flown at half-mast while it's also been announced that a book of condolences will be opened to the public.

Regarding the decision, Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe said: "I am opening a Book of Condolence to allow the people of Dublin to express their sympathies to the family of Gay Byrne.

Gay had a huge impact on Irish society and was more than just a broadcaster. During his time as the host of the Late Late Show, he offered a platform for many varied and controversial issues and changed the social dialogue of the country," he added.

"On May 11 1999, he received the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin at the Mansion House and as a mark of respect, the Dublin flag on the Mansion House will be flown at half-mast. I would like to offer my personal sympathies to his wife Kathleen Watkins and their daughters Suzy and Crona, his extended family, friends and colleagues.

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"He will be sadly missed."

Gay Byrne died on Monday at the age of 85, surrounded by his family.

He had been living with illness for two years, and his death was announced by his family via a statement released around 2pm.

Throughout his career which, spanned over six decades, Byrne became one of the country's most beloved names and faces, and undoubtedly one of its all-time most treasured broadcasters.