'Christmas is full of happy memories about dad,' reveals 2fm star Lottie Ryan
RTE star Lottie Ryan has said her family will be paying homage to her dad's memory this Christmas.
The 2fm presenter, who's receiving great reviews for her early morning slot, has said the Ryan clan always remember the legendary late Gerry Ryan in their own way.
"Obviously any holiday, I suppose you remember your loved ones but Christmas is nothing but really good, happy memories and it's a time to smile and remember the good times," she told the Herald.
"We have nothing but good conversations where everyone would be laughing recalling memories, so it's a good time."
She said that as well as having a Mass said for him, they usually tell their favourite stories of Gerry so that it's "just more of the same".
The 29-year-old Clontarf native said one of her fondest memories of her dad was the time that he burnt the Christmas dinner.
"It was burnt to a cinder, but that was when my dad was cooking it. But Rex does it now and he's a fabulous chef," she said.
"Not that he (Gerry) wasn't a great chef. He was, but we haven't had a burnt one yet, so Rex is doing a good job.
"Rex is big into his food, so consequently we all get to eat very well. It's the full shebang - he goes all out," she said.
She added how she'll be working right up until Christmas and then has some much-needed time off afterwards.
"I'm working a lot right until Christmas. But Christmas Day is going to be chilled with family. Christmas Eve, we usually have a little family party so it's going to be a lot of relaxing, watching old cheesy movies and eating turkey sandwiches," she added.
The presenter of the Early Early Breakfast Show, Lottie also works as RTE Radio's entertainment reporter as she carves out a name for herself.
She's proving she's a real chip off the old block when it comes to commanding the airwaves.
Gerry sadly passed away in 2010, leaving behind wife Morah and five children Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Babette and Eliott.
One of RTE's best-known broadcasters, he started work with the broadcaster in 1988.
Lottie said she feels like she's really hitting her full stride with her hour-long 2fm programme, which she has been presenting since early 2014.
Airing every Saturday and Sunday morning, it goes out at 6am, which means an achingly -early 4.30am start for the bubbly presenter.
"It's going really well. It's going from strength to strength and I'm just really enjoying it now," she said.
"I feel I'm settled and in my groove I'm just having good fun with it which is what it's really all about.
Lottie will be lining out with her fellow 2fm presenters at Benetton in Stephen's Green shopping centre this Thursday as she does her part for the 2fm Christmas appeal for ISPCC.
They'll be joined by a host of special guests for the outdoor day-long broadcast as they drum up funds for the charity.
"People can come down and see all the presenters of the shows and it's going to be great fun," she said.
"We're going to take it as it comes. We're going to be full-on busy. I don't know what's happening on the day."
When asked which celebs would be joining her and her fellow presenters, she said the names were being kept "top secret" for now.
"I have heard rumours and if the rumours are to be believed, then I'll be seriously fan-girling, absolutely. There's going to be some awesome guests," she added.