Gay Byrne RIP

When Gay Byrne opened Bennettsbridge Festival in 1978

Remembering the television legend

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

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sian.moloughney@kilkennypeople.ie

When Gay Byrne opened Bennettsbridge Festival in 1978

Statia Hogan, Tullaherin, has a word in Gay's ear in Bennettsbridge in 1978

We have another blast from the past as we remember the late Gay Byrne today.

In 1978 the parish of Bennettsbridge held a Midsummer Festival and who was there but Gaybo  himself.

Also there was the Kilkenny People - and that week we had a picture on our front page of Gay Byrne meeting two of the parishes oldest residents at the time - 93 year old Statia Hogan, from Tullaherin, and 96 year old Tom Reidy, from Barronsland.

As our front page shows, Statia was keen to have a word in the ear of the famous Mr Byrne.

Thanks to our reader Helen Jordan for highlighting the memory. Helen is Statia's great-granddaughter. Helen's father Donal O'Meara was Statia's grandson