Gerry Ryan's family host memorial service in Clontarf home on his anniversary
THE family of Gerry Ryan were joined by a host of his friends from RTE yesterday for a lunch and prayer service on the second anniversary of his death.
His widow Morah Ryan was joined by friends of the late presenter including Joe Duffy, Dave Fanning, Riverdance supremos Moya Doherty and John McColgan, Marty Whelan and Ryan Tubridy, who earlier paid an emotional tribute to his mentor on air.
Father Brian D’Arcy, who was a close friend of Gerry Ryan’s and celebrated his funeral mass two years ago, led a prayer service for in the exclusive Clontarf home of Morah, Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Elliott and Babette.
Dressed in black with a string of double pearls, Morah was seen embracing guests as they arrived for the lunch memorial service at the home. However, Ryan’s partner Melanie Verwoerd was not at the service. The South African former charity boss laid a simple bunch of flowers on the bench she had dedicated to his memory in Herbert Park. The bench had been torched by vandals last year, but Verwoerd had it remade and rededicated to her partner’s memory.
Ryan’s family had earlier visited his grave in Dardistown cemetery where they laid flowers. According to a family friend: “Morah and the family had lunch in the house for close family and friends to celebrate his life. They didn’t go to mass, but instead had a short service in the house. It was a private, quiet celebration.”
Earlier Ryan Tubridy had paid an emotional tribute during the radio show he took over from his pal when he said:” I think about him a lot. More than I ever thought I would in some weird way, because I miss him so much. He left an awfully large hole in my world.”
“It’s incredibly hard to believe that he is no longer with us."
He recalled to listeners the moment the news of Gerry’s death was broken to him two years ago: “I remember it well. I was walking with a spring in my step. I was very excited about the Late Late Show that night.
"Then my phone buzzed in my pocket and what followed of course, stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In fact I thought someone was pulling a stunt, but that wasn’t the case. It was horrific news.”