Saturday 23 September 2017

'Reluctant banker' lived his life to the maximum

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at the funeral mass of his father Bob Ryan at St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at the funeral mass of his father Bob Ryan at St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
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People from politics, business and the arts gathered in Dublin to pay tribute to the late Bob Ryan.

Mr Ryan (85) died last week after he failed to recover from a fall near his beloved St Joseph's Church in Glasthule, Dublin.

He was best known as public relations executive for the newly created Allied Irish Banks in the 1970s and 1980s, when he impressed as a prominent figure in the artistic and social life of Dublin.

Paying tribute to his late father, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan stressed the sense of fun and enjoyment he brought to his own life and that of those around him.

He recalled his father's work as an accomplished painter and writer and his engagement with projects like bringing the 'Wren Boys' back to Sandymount.

Eamon Ryan said his father was born in Tramore in April 1931, and joined the old Munster & Leinster bank in Cork, having passed the only examination ever in his life - the bank medical.

A printing is brought from the funeral Mass of Bob Ryan. Photo: Mark Condren
A printing is brought from the funeral Mass of Bob Ryan. Photo: Mark Condren

Those in attendance at the funeral included the actor Eamon Morrissey, chancellor of the National University of Ireland Dr Maurice Manning, former RTÉ London editor Mike Burns, former minister and Fine Gael MEP Avril Doyle, and former environment minister John Gormley.

Bob Ryan's widow, Mary (centre) is consoled. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Bob Ryan's widow, Mary (centre) is consoled. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former Green Party leader, John Gormley pictured at the funeral of Bob Ryan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former Green Party leader, John Gormley pictured at the funeral of Bob Ryan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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