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Gay Byrne predicted his own death in a time-capsule letter he wrote 25 years ago

Gay Byrne predicted his own death in a time-capsule letter he wrote 25 years ago

Gay Byrne predicted his own death in a time-capsule letter he wrote 25 years ago

Gay Byrne predicted that climate change would allow Ireland to grow Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, cars would be banned in Dublin city, and people would have more leisure time.

It was January 1996 and the Irish broadcaster was sharing some of his thoughts on what 2020 might look like, in letter written for a time capsule project to mark European Nature Conservation Year 1995.

Coming to light less than three months after he died, there is particular poignancy in the line that by 2020 "I'll be dead or 86-years old and still presenting The Late Late Show". Now, 25 years after being stashed away, letters he and other famous names wrote to the sixth class pupils in Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham, Dublin are part of a unique cache re-opened yesterday.

The late Seamus Heaney shared his pride in how his stanza containing the famous line "hope and history rhyme" had been quoted by US president Bill Clinton and Irish president Mary Robinson and wanted that included in the capsule.

Belfast Telegraph