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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Family gathers to remember Gerry three years on

Gerry Ryan’s son Elliott and daughter Babette
Gerry Ryan’s son Elliott and daughter Babette
Elliot Ryan arriving with his mother Morah.
Moya Doherty
Morah Ryan with John Mc Colgan.
Gerry Ryan. Photo: David Conachy

Laura Butler and Grainne Cunningham

FAMILY and friends of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan gathered to remember the dedicated father and flamboyant radio host at a special Mass on the third anniversary of his death.

Morah Ryan was surrounded by her children Lottie, Bonnie, Elliott and Babette as they commemorated the popular 53-year-old broadcaster who was found dead on April 30 2010 in his apartment on Upper Leeson Street, in Dublin.

Afterwards, Morah chatted to close friends including PR guru Joanne Byrne and hotelier John Fitzpatrick in the sunshine outside St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf.

And almost simultaneously, Gerry Ryan's close friend Ryan Tubridy spoke movingly of how he still misses the presenter immensely.

"This week I have been a bit antsy and distracted because that does come into your world. I think about him a lot," Tubridy told listeners to his programme.

The 39-year-old presenter, who now occupies Gerry's former time slot on 2fm, said he often nods as he passes Gerry's photograph on the wall.

"To be straight, I don't often say: 'Howya and I miss you'. I think: 'Where are you? Why aren't you still here?'

And the father of two explained that when he first heard the news of Ryan's death in April 2010, he thought someone was pulling a stunt on him.

"I actually thought it was a joke. I really thought 'this is him being the maggot that he is and this is him telling you that he isn't well'," Tubridy admitted.

"He's always in this station. He casts a long shadow and a very welcome one."

Tubridy also said the broadcaster's name is now

used as a phrase to describe something outrageous in the office. "We often say when we're having a meeting: 'That is so Gerry'.

"The woman who came on and wouldn't stop talking about knickers – that was so Gerry – or someone who came on and insisted on eating a sausage roll, you would say that is a very 'Gerry' thing to do."

"It's became part of the vernacular," he added.

Irish Independent

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