The funeral of Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne will take place at 12 noon this Friday, 8th November 2019. RTÉ have released a statement announcing their live coverage for the mass.

Beginning at 11.30 am on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now, Bryan Dobson will present a special programme featuring coverage of the funeral mass from St Mary's Pro-Cathedral Church, Dublin. John Bowman and Mary Kennedy will provide commentary of the ceremony.

Television coverage will be streamed live on the RTÉ Player and on RTÉ.ie available to audiences worldwide.

Tonight there will be a special edition of 'The Late Late Show' to pay tribute to Gay Byrne following the announcement of his passing yesterday afternoon.

The lineup will include President Michael D. Higgins, former President Mary McAleese, Bob Geldof, Pat Kenny, Joe Duffy, Mike Murphy, Andrea Corr, Sharon Shannon, John Sheahan, Finbar Furey, Nell McCafferty, John McColgan, Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Rosaleen Linehan, Eamon Dunphy, Twink, Fr Brian D'arcy, Paddy Maloney, Donal Lunny, Michael Carruth, Moya Doherty, RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes, Vincent Browne, Mary Black, Frank McNamara and Aonghus McAnally.