IT was the cherished cuddly toy which the youngest child of late broadcaster Gerry Ryan clung to at his funeral.
More than 50 years old, one-eyed teddy 'Alowishes' had been Gerry's own teddy growing up as a boy before he passed it onto daughter Babette (12), who was seen with it wrapped in her arms at his funeral at St John the Baptist church in Clontarf on May 6, 2010.
This treasured family memento, which Gerry Ryan regularly mentioned on his radio show, is one of a number of teddy bears photographed for a new exhibition by photographer Mark Nixon. The award-winning lensman has immortalised over a dozen teddies owned by the famous, and not so famous for his exhibition 'Much Loved'.
Comedy actor Rowan Atkinson's 'Teddy', as seen in the 'Mr Bean' TV series, and a prized bear belonging to 'Prime Time' host Miriam O'Callaghan, are among the treasured teddies on display.
Presenter Miriam O'Callaghan will open the exhibition at the Mark Nixon Studio next week.
The Exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th November to Saturday 1st December.
Meanwhile, RTE presenter Craig Doyle has claimed that Ryan was always the RTE choice to host 'The Saturday Night Show'.
Doyle said: "Gerry had to audition? So what? We all had to audition, but there was never any doubt to me at the time, that RTE were going to give 'The Saturday Night Show' to Gerry. We all knew it was Gerry's show."