Monday 26 September 2016

Gerry Ryan's former partner Melanie Verwoerd makes a happy return to Dublin

Sam Griffin

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

Melanie Verwoerd with her son Wian, who graduated from Trinity. Photo: Mark Doyle
Melanie Verwoerd with her son Wian, who graduated from Trinity. Photo: Mark Doyle
Melanie Verwoerd with her son Wian, who graduated from Trinity. Photo: Mark Doyle
Gerry and his partner Melanie Verwoerd at the opening night of Swan Lake at The Grand Canal Theatre, October 2010.

Diplomat and former Unicef Ireland director Melanie Verwoerd was all smiles yesterday as her son Wian collected his law degree in Trinity College.

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The South African national and former partner of the late radio DJ Gerry Ryan was back in Ireland for the ceremony having returned to South Africa following his death.

Ms Verwoerd has previously spoken of how she struggled with the interest in her personal life after she wrote a controversial book about her relationship with the legendary RTÉ broadcaster.

She said she missed Ireland and has recently completed two new books.

Gerry and his partner Melanie Verwoerd at the opening night of Swan Lake at The Grand Canal Theatre, October 2010.
Gerry and his partner Melanie Verwoerd at the opening night of Swan Lake at The Grand Canal Theatre, October 2010.

Wian has lived in Ireland since he was eight years old and beamed a broad smile as he graduated from his four-year course.

He will rejoin his mother in Cape Town, where he is doing a masters in law.

Wian hopes to follow in his mother's humanitarian footsteps by practising human rights law when he completes his studies.

Melanie Verwoerd and Gerry Ryan
Melanie Verwoerd and Gerry Ryan

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