Monday 22 July 2019

'It's sad, there's no two ways about it' - Ryan Tubridy remembers friend Gerry Ryan on 5th anniversary of his death

Gerry Ryan with close friend Ryan Tubridy
Gerry Ryan with close friend Ryan Tubridy
Electric Personality: RTE radio broadcaster, the late Gerry Ryan, was hugely popular with listeners. Photo: Mark Condren
Ryan Tubridy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ryan Tubridy took a moment to remember his late friend and RTE colleague Gerry Ryan this morning, on the fifth anniversary of his death.

Speaking on his 2FM morning show, Ryan referred to a photo of Gerry's daughter Lottie (29) at Punchestown Races which featured in The Herald.

"Let me just begin by mentioning a picutre in front of me in the Herald today of Lottie Ryan," he said, "We work with Lottie and we love Lottie."

He added, "Today is the fifth anniversary of the passing of our dear friend Gerry Ryan and I have to say even after all these years it still feels funny saying 'the death of'. 

Lottie Ryan (RTE) at the second day of the Punchestown Festival
Lottie Ryan (RTE) at the second day of the Punchestown Festival

"It doesn't feel that he's gone in some ways and yet you miss him so much."

Ryan said it was fitting that Lottie should feature in the paper on the day of his anniversary.  Gerry passed away suddenly on April 30, 2010.

"It's five years and I just see Lottie looking radiant there and one man who would have loved to have been looking at this picture this morning would have been Gery, proud as punch of his gorgeous daughter, all his kids obviously."

He added, "We pass by his picture on the corridor, do we not, every morning on the way down.  We look at him and say, 'There you are head, you would have been in there this morning acting the maggot.

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"But here we are, five years.  It doesn't feel it does it?  It's just sped on, passed by us.  It's sad, there's no two ways about it.  It's not even bittersweet. There's nothing sweet about it at all.

"I just wanted to remember Gerry today.  So many of you love d him as did I so it's nice to see Lottie in the papers today for the day that's in it."

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