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Friends rally around Morah Ryan by holding special evening

Edel O'Connell

Published 13/12/2010 | 05:00

A SPECIAL evening was organised for Gerry Ryan's widow Morah by his closest friends and colleagues at the weekend.

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Broadcaster Gay Byrne yesterday revealed how Ryan's friends and colleagues rallied around the widow the night after an inquest revealed cocaine was a contributory factor in the broadcaster's demise.

Mr Byrne would make no comment on the revelations of Friday's inquest however he did reveal that a special gathering was held on Saturday night.

Speaking on his Lyric FM show yesterday he said: "I refuse to make any comment, but I share the sadness with everybody about the whole thing. A great number of people are very sad about the situation. As it happens we were with Morah last night and she's good; she's fine; she's not jumping up and down with joy, but she's weathering the storm. Some very kind and good hearted people organised a little do because of the week that was in it for her."

A veil of silence has fallen over Mr Ryan's other former RTE colleagues who have failed to make any public comment in relation to Friday's revelations.

Despite being contacted by the Irish Independent broadcasters including; Pat Kenny, Dave Fanning and Miriam O'Callaghan would make no comment on the inquest's findings.

RTE's Marian Finucane also failed to make any substantial comment on her Sunday radio show.

"It's all very tragic," she said. The broadcaster also touched on how Ryan's untimely death may have prompted other cocaine users to cease using the drug.

A spokesman for RTE said it was his understanding that RTE staff had made "a personal decision" not to comment on the inquest's findings, but would not make an official statement on whether staff had been asked not to comment publicly on the subject.

Irish Independent

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