Kathleen Watkins gives health update on husband Gay Byrne

12th Nov 18 | News

The legendary radio broadcaster announced in November 2016 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Author and broadcaster Kathleen Watkins has given a health update on her husband Gay Byrne. The legendary radio broadcaster announced in November 2016 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Speaking on Saturday night’s Ray D’Arcy Show, Kathleen said she would prefer if he didn't go back to work at RTE "at the moment".

She said:

"I would prefer that he didn't go back on the air at the moment. I just don't think it's right for him at the moment and he would be the first to agree that he thinks I'm probably right."

Whilst battling prostate cancer, Gay underwent two hip operations within the short space of two weeks last year. Giving a health update on her husband of 53 years, Kathleen said:

"He's doing ok, we're in a management situation, it's up and down

Some days are better than other days. But he's ok, like so many people with that particular cancer, treatment is ongoing, so we're in and out of the Mater the whole time to those wonderful people.

It’s nice to still be dabbling at 84, we are 84 after all. Some days are better than other days."

Watkins, who has just released her second children's book "Happy Christmas Pigín!!", also went on to say:

Could I just say something about the oncology department of the hospital, it's not an unhappy place. In fact it's a place of calm, I wouldn't say joyful, I would just say calm.

People going about their work, looking after people beautifully. I couldn't praise them higher."

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