|Kathleen Watkins||(1967 - present) 2 children|
The now defunct pop group Boyzone made thier first public appearance on the show. The success that the group went on to achieve fufilled a line of the song which plays over the closing credits - 'it started on The Late Late Show'.
Gaybo and Kathleen have two daughters, both adopted, Crona and Suzy
To mark his retirement as host of the long-running chat show 'The Late Late Show' on 21 May 1999, Gay Byrne was presented with a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle by the Irish rock group U2 live on national television. Byrne used the bike regularly, until January 2003 when Byrne and U" auctioned the bike for The Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.
In 1999 he was granted the Freedom of Dublin City.
In 1988, Byrne was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.
He was the first person to introduce The Beatles on television when they made their small screen debut on Granada Television's local news programme 'People and Places'.
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