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Tubridy consoled by tales of late dad saving alcoholics

Lynne Kelleher

Published 16/02/2013|04:00

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RTE star Ryan Tubridy has told how he has been comforted over the past week to hear of all the lives his late father saved from alcohol addiction.

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'The Late Late Show' host told how he has been inundated with letters from patients telling him how his father, Dr Pat Tubridy, counselled them through some of the toughest times of their lives.

The presenter, pictured, told his listeners yesterday that it was very comforting to hear of all the lives his father had touched, mainly through helping people to give up drink.

He said: "He was a psychiatrist and he used to help people get over all sorts of things, drink problems mostly, and that was his job."

He said he distinctly remembers being approached in a Spanish airport a few years ago by an Irish patient of his father who said the psychiatrist had saved his life.

He said: "I remember going down an escalator in Madrid and this man was on another escalator and he was with two teenage boys and he came up to me.

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"He said, 'Listen was your dad Pat Tubridy?' and I said 'Yes he is and he is well' and he said, 'I am about to head off to do the walk, the famous Camino de Santiago.

"And he said, 'I'm with my two boys and if it wasn't for your dad I wouldn't be here for these boys because he saved my life'. I thought, 'That's good enough for me.'

"I have had that repeatedly in the last few days with letters from all around the country from people saying 'thanks to the efforts of your old man'.

"Those are the things that buoy you up when you are not feeling the Mae West."

The star's 77-year-old father died after a short illness on January 30.

Irish Independent

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