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People are sharing Gerry Ryan's infamous 'shock and horror' interview about Feile on 8th anniversary of his death

Friends, fans and colleagues remember the RTE broadcaster

Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning worked together in a pirate radio station before joining RTE
Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning worked together in a pirate radio station before joining RTE
Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin Chernobyl Children's lunch in 2007.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Legendary broadcaster Gerry Ryan passed away eight years ago today and friends, fans, and former colleagues have been paying tribute on social media.

Ryan, who was best known for his hugely popular breakfast talk show on RTE 2FM, died suddenly on April 30, 2010. He was just 53.

Among the tributes circulating is an interview Ryan conducted with a Christian man who said he went to Tipperary music festival Feile and experienced "shock and horror" at the shenanigans he claimed to have witnessed.

The man said he arrived down to the Tipp town at 10pm on the Sunday night where he met up with a "rake of other Christians from Dublin and the country side" to "give out gospel tracks" and do "a bit of street preaching".

Making waves: Mark Cagney, Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning in 1985. John Cooney/RTE Stills Library
Making waves: Mark Cagney, Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning in 1985. John Cooney/RTE Stills Library

It was, he said, "sheer hell", adding, "One girl I believe she even dropped dead beside early in the afternoon".

Gerry Ryan replied, "No, that's not true, nobody dropped dead.  She might have fallen down alright but I don't think she died.  Anyway, you got together with other Christians to kind of make an assault on Feile, was it?"

The man said they just "had an urge" to go down there to "get an opportunity to get the Gospel across to these people".

Ryan asked what sort of response did they get and the man said it was "horrific" and went on to describe scenes of people having sex in the open air on the streets.  It was a "devil's playground", he said.

Ryan asked, "Can you understand that there may be some people listening this morning who think you're describing a fabulous weekend?".

The interview was shared by Tom Dunne, who performed at the original festivals with Something Happens and has organised Feile Classical for this summer, among others.

 

RTE broadcasters Marty Whelan and Dave Fanning also paid tribute to Gerry.

Gerry's daughter Lottie Ryan, who has her own show on 2FM, also remembered her dad this morning in conversation with Bernard O'Shea on Breakfast Republic.

She remembered that he would bark like a dog in packed lifts and in queues while shopping to embarrass his kids and would only bark louder when they asked him to stop.

Read more: 'My parents secretly knew that was going to be my job for life' - Gerry Ryan's son Rex on life, death and redemption

 

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