Kathleen Watkins has revealed she lost her wedding ring – after mistaking it for rubbish.
The writer, married to broadcasting legend Gay Byrne, chucked the precious jewellery in the bin during a hospital appointment.
The 84-year-old said she has yet to replace her wedding ring, which she had since the couple got married back in 1964.
Kathleen said: “Something dreadful happened last year when I accidentally threw out my wedding and engagement rings.
“I was having a check up in hospital and put the rings into tissue paper. Later, thinking it was rubbish, I threw it out.
“That was not a magical day! I now wear this ring which Gay gave me but I’ll have to get another wedding ring.”
The Dublin author, who recently released her latest children’s book ‘Happy Christmas, Pigin!’, opened up about caring for her famous husband, who has been battling cancer for the past two years.
Speaking to the RTE Guide, Kathleen said: “With Gay’s condition, simple things take on major importance. Like one time, he lost a zapper and I was telling him ‘Don’t worry Gay, it’s only a piece of plastic’.
“But with all those ghastly things being poured into him, it changes a person and silly things take on major significance.”
Gaybo admitted in a recent interview that RTE asked him back to present his weekend Lyric Fm slot, but he turned down the offer because his family wouldn’t let him.
Talking about the decision, Kathleen said that she knows what’s best for her famous husband.
She explained that while Gay would love to return to the airwaves, she doesn’t think he has the energy for the show.
When asked if the former Late Late Show host listens to her, Kathleen said: “We will discuss things always and yes, we can have differing opinions. For example, he thinks I spoil the grandchildren.
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“As for him going back to work, well I’m there every day and I believe that for a man of 84 who is going through what he is going through, I don’t think it would be good to go back right now.
“Gay loves radio so much and would love to be doing his Sunday thing but while he goes out walking every day, some days he’s exhausted.
“Of course, people would love him to go back on radio but I’m with the person, the patient, day in, day out and I know what’s best for him.”