Tuesday 20 March 2018

Green Party leader's father, the 'reluctant banker', to be remembered

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD Picture: Tom Burke
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD Picture: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

The funeral of Bob Ryan, father of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, will take place in Dublin today.

Mr Ryan (85) was a well-known figure in banking and public relations, working in Cork, Dublin and London.

He was best known for the 16 years he served as public relations manager for Allied Irish Banks, when he was a popular figure in the artistic and social life of Dublin.

Mr Ryan was born in Tramore, Co Waterford, in 1931 into a family which originated in the Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary. Because his father was a bank official, he lived in many parts of the country and began his own banking career in Cork city.

After his retirement he wrote a memoir entitled 'With a Tap on the Knee' which recounted his life as a "reluctant banker". Published in 2001, it offered an insight into the banking and business culture of a vanishing Ireland.

Mr Ryan is survived by his wife Mary, three sons, including Eamon, and one daughter, grandchildren and extended family.

He will be buried after 11am Mass at St Joseph's Church, Glasthule, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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