Monday 24 April 2017

John Boland: Gerry would have hooted at this tribute

Gerry Ryan when he presented 'The Late Late Show'
Gerry Ryan when he presented 'The Late Late Show'

John Boland

The great and the good congregated at the outset of last night's 'Gerry' (RTE1) to remind fans and assure sceptics that there's never been anyone like the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan.

"One of the quintessential voices of Dublin," David Norris proposed. "The nation's shrink," Bono testified. And John Banville, down on earth for the occasion from his literary tower, had his own inimitable take on the man: "He always struck me as being something of an 18th-century wit."

Indeed, the only dissenter appeared to be George Hook, who offered "brash, crass and shallow" as a soundbite, but that turned out to be a trick perpetrated by the film's producer, David Blake Knox, because later on in the documentary we discovered that George had prefaced this with the phrase "Before I met Gerry" and had ended the sentence with unalloyed praise for the 2fm broadcaster.

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