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'To the end, his timing was impeccable. Dad went when he decided it was time': Daughters Suzy and Crona remember their dad Gay Byrne

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Kathleen Watkins (right), wife of the celebrated broadcaster Gay Byrne with their daughters Crona (left) and Suzy leaving St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin following his funeral service.

Kathleen Watkins (right), wife of the celebrated broadcaster Gay Byrne with their daughters Crona (left) and Suzy leaving St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin following his funeral service.

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Suzy with her parents on her wedding day

Suzy with her parents on her wedding day

STEVE HUMPHREYS.

Crona with Gay and Kathleen

Crona with Gay and Kathleen

Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne's daughters Suzy and Crona remember the man behind the broadcasting icon. They describe what he was like as a father and as the off-screen person the public didn't know, and recall their experience of growing up as Gaybo's children.

Suzy Byrne: 'the baby of the family'

On October 29, 2019, we brought Dad home to Howth. Within minutes he changed: gone was the fear and agitation, replaced by peace and contentment. His beloved Baily lighthouse in his view, and all of us with him. His last days. We chose to have Dad downstairs, slightly away but still centre to the hum and noise of us all. Enabling steady company but not a vigil, which he would have hated.