Dear Gay : Letters to The Gay Byrne Show – a handwritten history of Ireland
For 25 years, Gay Byrne received thousands of letters from listeners all over Ireland. Some of these letters were light-hearted and innocent, but others were more challenging. While many people didnâ€™t feel comfortable sharing their issues with their closest family and friends, they felt that they could trust Gay.
And, so, they wrote in their droves â€¦Â With his trademark balance of compassion, empathy and humour, Gay read out letters on subjects such as womenâ€™s rights, domestic and institutional abuse, mental health and homosexuality, sparking nationwide conversation and debate. The letters here have been lovingly compiled by Gayâ€™s daughter Suzy, who provides commentary about the impact they made, on a personal and national level, once they were read on air. Â Dear Gay is a sweeping handwritten history of a radically changed Ireland and a fitting tribute to Irelandâ€™s best-loved broadcaster.