Tuesday 21 October 2014

Gerry would have loved Pat's move -- Tubs

Published 24/08/2013 | 12:29

Broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who died in 2010

LATE broadcaster Gerry Ryan would have been delighted with Pat Kenny's decision to leave RTE, according to 2fm presenter Ryan Tubridy.

"He would have been delighted," Ryan told the Herald. "I don't want to put words in his mouth but he would have been delighted about it."

Ryan hit the town this week with Pat, Gay Byrne and celebrity agent Noel Kelly for a few drinks.

And the Late Late Show host says Gerry's absence was definitely felt.

"Gerry Ryan used to be great at organising lunches and things like that and he was very much missed from that gathering by everyone, he would have loved it. I'm just glad we're continuing in that vein. A glass was raised to him," he said.

The three generations of Late Late Show hosts were joined by Joe Duffy and Dave Fanning in O'Donoghue's pub on Merrion Row.

"It was more a gathering of heads -- The Late Late Show club is tiny. It only has three members, Pat and Gay and myself."

"When you sit down with Gay and Pat for dinner, they have such a shared knowledge, we go through people and bosses and dissect things -- the state of RTE that sort of thing."

"It was quite impromptu the whole thing -- it kind of felt like the leaving party in the end, it was very relaxed, very convivial, and it was lovely to see everyone."

And Ryan says there's no better man then Sean O'Rourke to take over from Pat. "I met Sean yesterday; I'm very pleased for him. He is one of the nicest guys you can meet in RTE."

Ryan was speaking at the launch of Cannonball 2013 at Mondello Race Course. The annual event raises funds for the Laura Lynn Foundation and several high profile stars including Kathryn Thomas, Shane Lynch, Rozanna Purcell, Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy will be joining the star-studded convoy.

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