Saturday 25 November 2017

Passion for showbiz runs in the family

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

GERRY Ryan's theatrical behaviour on radio every morning wasn't accidental.

He had the showbiz gene, grease paint running in his blood and inherited his passion for drama from his late mother Maureen, a member of the legendary Dublin theatre family, the Bourkes who ran a costumier business on Dame Street.

Gerry's stage was the airwaves or in front of the TV camera. Every gig was guaranteed to be dramatic, with good timing and good or bad, a lively audience response.

When his mother died in December 2006, Gerry told mourners: "It is good to see that Maureen has managed a full house. The drama of the ceremony and drama of her leavetaking of this life was entirely in keeping with this woman. She was literally a drama from one end of the day to the other."

Mourners including Bono and Colin Farrell heard Gerry speak lovingly of the "beautiful, deep, emotional, theatrical, spectacular and incandescent spirit" of his mother who died a few years after his dentist father, Vincent.

Gerry's children inherited their grandmother's love of the stage. His eldest daughter Lottie (24) has been offered her dream job of presenting a new TV series about the lives of the children of famous people.

She shot the pilot for a second series on the 'Origins Of Dance' and has just returned from a four-month stint in New York, where she landed a job as a runner for the CBS Network.

Bonnie (17) at 13 proved a confident member of the three-strong group Lady Nada, who played support to Westlife at the Point Theatre.

And Babette (10) auditioned for the leading role of Annie the musical last year.

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