Thursday 15 November 2018

Finally getting a word in ...

Compiled by Shane Hickey

"Gerry Ryan died today. Moira and his children are in complete shock. Please respect their privacy at this time."

A statement from his family released through RTE

"The word I would use to describe him was bold in every sense of the meaning of the word."

Joe Duffy

"I am just gutted. I couldn't believe the news when I heard it. It sounded like someone was playing a practical joke on me."

Pat Kenny

"Absolutely one of the best broadcasters in the world. Fabulous, fabulous communicator. Very sad to hear he has left us. He really was the cream of our radio crop."

Chris Evans

"I just can't believe it. I am shattered."

Larry Gogan

"The funniest person I ever knew in my life."

Dave Fanning

"Tragically it is true. So terribly shocking and sad. Life is just too cruel sometimes RIP."

Miriam O'Callaghan via Twitter

"I have learned with great sadness of the death of Gerry Ryan. Gerry was an extraordinarily talented broadcaster whose unique communication skills and larger than life persona entertained and enlivened a national audience over many years."

President Mary McAleese

"As a man, he was generous, famously irreverent and witty. I had had the pleasure of meeting him many times, both in front of and away from the microphone. He was always engaging company and a man of considerable charm. He will be hugely missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him."

Taoiseach Brian Cowen

"When someone comes to write the history of RTE and of broadcasting, they will have to devote a special analytical section to the phenomenon that was Gerry Ryan because he was in fact a phenomenon and an icon in the evolution of Irish broadcasting."

RTE chairman Tom Savage

"His ability to take both the serious and light-hearted stories was second to none. His good humour concealed a keen intellect and a commitment to straight journalism -- he was a fair and accurate commentator."

Green Party leader John Gormley

"Gerry brought a great spirit to his coverage on radio and television and engendered huge loyalty in the legion of fans dedicated to him."

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

"Gerry was a very special, talented person. His charm, intelligence, empathy and sense of fun endeared him to all around him, and to his hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners and viewers. He made a great contribution to national life and entertainment."

Health Minister Mary Harney

"His comfortable personal style with interviewees, both on radio and TV, ensured intimate dialogue was brought into the homes of a nation."

Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Mary Hanafin

"He had an incredible personality, which won over the hearts and minds of many Irish people, evidenced by his legion of fans."

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

"People really felt that they could talk to Gerry Ryan and share their thoughts and their problems with him. I find it so hard to believe that he is gone."

Managing director of RTE radio Clare Duignan

"Gerry was just the biggest guy in the place."

John McMahon, head of 2FM

"Very sad news about Gerry Ryan. How long did he do that show? Twenty, 25 years? That is some achievement. Condolences to his family."

Comedian Dara O Briain

"A great voice has been lost to Irish radio and the entire industry is deeply saddened to lose one of Ireland's most professional broadcasters."

Independent Broadcasters of Ireland

"Gerry Ryan was never one to shy away from controversy but he always remained a broadcaster of the utmost professionalism."

Labour TD Liz McManus

"I think he will be fondly remembered as one of the most colourful broadcasters in talk-radio and television in Ireland."

Dublin Lord Mayor Emer Costello

"He was a natural and incredibly entertaining bon viveur. My wife Maria and I listen to him every day and we are both terribly saddened with this news."

Chef Richard Corrigan

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