Thursday 17 August 2017

It's still tough a year on as brave family celebrates amazing man and great dad

The family plot of Gerry Ryan, his mother Maureen and father Vincent at Dardistown Cemetery in north Dublin. Photo: COLLINS
The family plot of Gerry Ryan, his mother Maureen and father Vincent at Dardistown Cemetery in north Dublin. Photo: COLLINS
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

THE family of Gerry Ryan will remember their "great dad" during a family celebration tonight to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Yesterday, the eldest daughter of Gerry and his wife Morah, said the family were all "doing good" and busy getting on with things.

But Lottie (25) admitted it had been a "tough week".

"It's still fresh now -- of course it is," she said.

"It's only been a year. There's not really a lot to say on it, other than that he is very much missed.

"We're going to be doing what he would want us to do, which is remembering all the good times we had together over the years. That's where our heads are right now."

Lottie said the family was holding a small private family event at their home to celebrate Gerry's life and to share their fondest memories of an "amazing" man and a "great dad".

Lottie said the Ryan household in Clontarf, Dublin, was currently a hive of studious activity and exam pressure.

Missed

Eldest son Rex (21) is studying for his university finals, daughter Bonnie (18) is about to sit her Leaving Cert and the youngest son Elliott (15) is studying for his Junior Cert.

"I feel so sorry for them," said Lottie. "It's always typical that the sun comes out just as you have to start studying for exams."

She added that only little Babette (11) was young enough to escape the exam pressure.

Meanwhile, Lottie, who works as a showbiz reporter for RTE's 'The Daily Show' -- which has now wrapped up for the summer -- said she had a few projects that she hoped would come to fruition in the coming weeks.

She said she was "very happy" in her new TV career and felt that she had been "very lucky".

"There is much more that I want to do and to tackle and to become much better," she said.

"My fingers are crossed for a couple of fun things that I might get and that would be exciting."

Although reluctant to be specific on the details, she did reveal her hopes to do something "young and fun" on the festival circuit this summer.

Lottie is already signed up as a judge for the Bulmers Live 'Fashion Rocks' events at Leopardstown races.

"I've no plans to go away but if everything works out work-wise, I'd be more than happy to just have a few nice weekends and go to a few of the festivals.

"It would be nice if my work and life intertwined somewhat."

Irish Independent

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