Homosexual Byrne is gone and I’ve been crying and eager about how each time I’d see him out and about over time I all the time greeted him the identical approach.

“I like you Homosexual,” I’d inform him.

As a result of I did. It may appear unusual however I had very deep emotions for somebody I obtained to know principally from watching him do his factor on the telly. I don’t suppose I’m the one one.

Once I informed him I beloved him, on Grafton Avenue, or at a theatre opening night time, or within the foyer of the Nationwide Live performance Corridor, he all the time responded the identical approach. With that unmistakable supply, mild and brusque on the identical time, repeating phrases for emphasis.

“I do know you do, I do know you do . . . I do know,” he’d say.

He knew a loyal fan when he noticed one.

I’m unsure Homosexual Byrne was a hugger, not within the informal sense, however after I reached for him he all the time indulged me and I used to be grateful each time. Once I take into consideration Homosexual Byrne, that’s what I principally really feel – gratitude. For the way in which he modified this nation on The Late Late Present, forcing us to look, to debate and to argue over issues we’d lengthy brushed below that gargantuan cliché of a nationwide carpet.

Intercourse, contraception, faith, abortion, sexuality, marriage, divorce, abuse.

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