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Saturday 2 August 2014

The Diary: Tome it concerns: Joe waxes lyrical about old pal Tubridy

Laura Butler

Published 09/11/2013|21:30

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Literary toast: Leo Delaney and Kamal Ibrahim at the launch of Ryan Tubridy's book
Baz Ashmawy

"I'm filming in the morning, so this will be an early night for me," broadcaster Baz Ashmawy told The Diary, as he joined the glitterati in the piano bar of Residence on Dublin's St Stephen's Green on Wednesday.

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He was there to toast Ryan Tubridy's new book The Irish Are Coming. It's exciting times for Baz, who revealed he's about to kick off on a four-week adventure across the world filming a new travel series for Sky One in the UK.

"We're starting in Dublin and then taking off elsewhere, it's going to be great to get back into it all again," he said.

The book launch attracted the likes of Morah and Lottie Ryan, Bill Cullen and his partner Jackie Lavin, as well as former Mr World and father-to-be Kamal Ibrahim.

Yvonne Keating made a late entrance with her other half John Conroy, who was decidedly less camera-shy than usual and delighted the flurry of waiting photographers when he agreed to pose with the former model for a picture.

Although Ryan was the man of honour, Joe Duffy also got a lot of laughs. The Liveline anchor was asked by Tubs to officially launch the book and wrote a touching poem about his pal for the affair.

"I started last weekend and wanted to take my time with it because it's tough to talk about Ryan funnily enough," Joe told The Diary.

Miriam O'Callaghan was in the unfortunate position of being the butt of one or two jokes during the speech, but Joe insisted it was all in good spirits.

"Miriam deserves a medal for all that she's taken on this year," he said.

"She did a lot filling in for John Murray this year and didn't complain once. I take my hat off to her."

– LB

Irish Independent

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