Saturday 24 June 2017

A rare talent lost

The shocking and untimely death of Gerry Ryan robs Irish broadcasting of one of its rare talents. An iconoclast who built an exceptional rapport with radio audiences, Ryan represented a generation that made the first decisive break with the forelock-tugging past.

Funny, irreverent, rude, hopelessly inappropriate and occasionally downright boorish, Ryan was an irrepressible force on RTE and is a devastating loss to a station that has few stars. More poignantly, Ryan was a relatively young man with a large family, a man who loved life, lived it to the full and made it more fun for those who had the good fortune to know him. His listeners will mourn him, and miss him, but our hearts go out to his five children, his former wife and his current partner. Their loss is incalculable: a light has been extinguished, a voice silenced, a laugh suppressed.

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