This is, without a doubt, one of the best interviews Gabriel Byrne has ever done.
Funny, thoughtful, provocative, vulnerable, daring–he does it all, and that’s due, in some part, to the insightful and well-designed questions put to him by his host, Tommy Tiernan. Gabriel turns the tables on him during the course of the interview, but it is all of a piece: two men talking about their lives, their experiences, their true natures. They both seemed comfortable in their own skins and that, it turns out, results in captivating television.
I’ve been feeling blue lately. Observing the anniversary of Alan Rickman’s passing, watching the last episode of my favorite space opera, The Expanse, finishing a favorite and well-thumbed book. Ugh. January can be the pits sometimes, can’t it?
THIS woke me up, shook me up, made me laugh, made me wish I could be in Dublin in two weeks time to see this amazing man on the stage, giving us his book in some new and innovative way.
Watch this before it disappears! You’ll be glad you did. I promise. heart
The Tommy Tiernan Show at RTÉ Player
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Gabriel Byrne’s segment is the first one and it lasts almost 25 minutes.
Be sure to turn up the sound and enlarge the screen!
Stella Could Not Resist
Here are some screencaps because that’s what I do, right?
There was a lot of response to this interview! If you search “Gabriel Byrne” on Twitter, you will see tons of tweets from people who watched and were enthralled by this interview. It was unexpected and surprising, funny and serious, and it had people talking, which is always a good thing!
Here are two tweets that included video clips from the interview:
Clip: Do You Think You’re A Strange Man?
RTÉ has a YouTube Channel for their various shows and they provide clips of them:
A variety of screenshots from a variety of places:
Finally, if you are in Dublin or can get there somehow, run, don’t walk, to the Gaiety Theatre and buy your tickets to Gabriel Byrne’s one-man show, Walking With Ghosts. His words. His stage. Once in a lifetime. heart
Thank you for sharing a wonderful interview with us Stella!
Nora from Norway
Nora, you are welcome! Oh, how I wish we could all take a boat or a plane or a hot air balloon–whatever gets us there is fine with me–to Dublin for this amazing experience. I am hoping for more performances in other places, in a world that is pandemic-free (or at least vaccinated!). I know. I know. But I can hope! Thanks for visiting here. Hope all is well with you. –Stella <3
We wonder if Gabriel had ever came to your country, Nora.
Watched this on RTE Player. More like a conservation between two friends than an interview. Deep and charming.
Wasn’t it brilliant?
From what I understand, Tommy does not know in advance who his guests will be. I read this somewhere. I can’t quite believe it, but the concept is fantastic. More impromptu, informal, and “dangerous”–great for a television show, but not so good for one’s adrenaline level, I would think. Anyway, that feeling of camaraderie may come from this to some degree. What do we have to lose? Let’s talk about anything! I love it.
This was a fun interview to watch, and learn from.
You’re welcome, Kathleen. I’ve seen so many of his interviews, but he always surprises me! <3