Gabriel Byrne speaks on the birth of his daughter as he picks up a Lifetime Achievement award at the IFTAs.
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has referred to his experience of becoming a Dad once again at 67 as a “bittersweet experience.”
"It's like, everything, you think 'oh yeah, I did that thing in life', but now this is a new journey again. Looking into the eyes of a creature that's full of innocence and wonderment makes you reflect how out of touch we get with that feeling; the way we take everything for granted as we get older, while a child will sit and play with a shoelace for 10 minutes because they are amazed by it," he said
"But it is also a bittersweet experience, for obvious reasons."
Byrne, who already had a son and a daughter from a previous marriage to Ellen Barkin, welcomed his new daughter to the world with his wife Hannah Beth King in 2017. The couple married in a private ceremony in 2014.
"Life is precious and it is short and there is not one person here tonight who can put up their hand and say 'I will be here tomorrow'. Nobody can,” Byrne stated.
"So I can bring love and commitment and compassion as I have tried to do with my other kids, and that's all I can do. It is a brave thing to do.
"Am I worried about the future? Most people are worried about the future. We live in really unstable times. You think about it."
At the 2018 Irish Film and Television Awards, the “Into the West” star received a Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his career as one of Ireland’s most successful actors.
"There are markers in life that allow you to look back and assess decisions taken, and for me, it is looking at an emotional journey, from leaving Dublin to coming back to Dublin. This signifies an emotional journey that has been full of fear and doubt, insecurity, success and failure,” he stated of this rise to stardom.
"Fame doesn't necessarily change you, it changes everyone around you. When you are 24 and from Dublin and suddenly the entire world is telling you are not that kid from Dublin anymore, holding on to your identity is tremendously important."
H/T: Irish Independent