Thursday 30 March 2017

Ryan's children walk in showbiz footsteps of 'textbook superdad'

Shane Hickey

SINCE Lottie Ryan started her fledgling TV career, she has shown all of the passion and hunger for the public eye that characterised her beloved father.

On Thursday at the Tripod venue in Dublin, the 25-year-old posed for celebrity pictures which will fill the social pages and magazines over the weekend, pages where she has become a regular.

The eldest of five children Gerry had with his wife Morah, Lottie is also the most high profile due to her appearances on 'The Daily Show' on RTE and a touching tribute she made to her father at his funeral.

During the eulogy, she praised Gerry's deep and loving commitment to his immediate family, as opposed to the "bigger family" of hundreds of thousands of listeners who tuned into him every morning.

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He was a "textbook superdad" who ensured his children never wanted for anything for their entire lives.

"If we ever needed anything, and I mean anything, he would drop whatever he was doing wherever he was to help us," she said at the funeral in Clontarf.

This love was echoed by his son Rex, who turned 21 last month, and who was also regularly pictured with his father and siblings at launches and social events around the capital.

He said his father was the definition of a "cool dad" who taught him the bulk of the meaningful knowledge which he had accumulated.

A party was held to celebrate his birthday last month at the Wright Venue in Swords, an event which was organised by his mother.

It was also Rex and Lottie who collected a recent award in honour of their father's contribution to radio over 30 years. The People of the Year award was presented by Gerry's longtime friend Dave Fanning to the pair.

At just 18 years old, Bonnie Ryan, the middle child, has also made her fair share of appearances on the social pages. In September, she was pictured with her mother at the launch of the Marie Keating Foundation Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bonnie has also showed signs of forging a career in the limelight, having appeared on stage at the Point Depot with her band Lady Nada three years ago when she was in her mid-teens.

Never far from his father during their public outings was Gerry's youngest son, Elliot (15).

One of the most enduring, and heartbreaking, images from the funeral in April this year was of 11-year-old Babette Ryan clutching a tuxedoed teddy bear while her father's coffin was taken from the St John The Baptist Church.

Irish Independent

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