The legendary Ryan, who died suddenly in April, was honoured with a People of the Year Award for his "unrivalled broadcasting skills which ranged effortlessly from the utterly sensitive and intimate to the fantastically flamboyant and theatrical".
A spokeswoman for the family said they appreciated the acknowledgement of what their dad meant to so many people.
Other recipients of the annual awards included golfing champion Graeme McDowell who was honoured for his stunning win at the 110th US Open, one of the world's four major golf championships. The Portrush player was the first Irishman, and the first European since 1970, to lift the trophy.
Judge Catherine McGuinness was honoured for her pioneering contribution to Irish life, as a judge, as President of the Law Reform Commission and as an advocate for children's rights reform.
The families of victims of Bloody Sunday were granted an award for their 38-year struggle to establish their loved ones' innocence while another went to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network for its tireless work towards creating a fairer and more open-minded society.
Teenager Owen O'Keeffe (16), from Fermoy, Co Cork was named Young Person of the Year after becoming the youngest person to swim the English Channel, in honour of his grandmother.
Limerick's garda community policing unit was presented with the Garda of the Year Award for its efforts to make the city safer, and Rio Hogarty (73) received the Inspiring Mum of the Year Award for caring for her two children, and 140 foster children over 40 years.