Tuesday 18 June 2019

Tubridy family pays emotional tribute to dad who 'saved lives'

Laura Butler

THE two stepsisters of RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy led the grieving family in an emotional tribute to their father Dr Patrick Tubridy through music.

Eloise and Molly Thompson-Tubridy, daughters of Patrick and his second wife Adele, said a heartfelt goodbye to the 76-year-old with two moving performances during his funeral service yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners gathered on a cold and blustery morning at the St John the Baptist Church in Blackrock to pay their respects.

Crowds began to file into the church almost an hour before the funeral Mass took place at 10am and dozens were left standing as the seats filled up with relatives, friends and colleagues of the retired psychiatrist.


As 'Late Late Show' presenter Ryan and his siblings Judith, Niall, Rachel and Garrett sat arm in arm together in the pews, the teenage girls stood in front of their father's coffin, a wicker casket, and sang.

First-year UCD student Eloise sang 'Spider's Web' while playing an acoustic guitar.

Molly, a fifth-year secondary student at St Andrew's College in Booterstown, Co Dublin, was then joined by six peers for a touching rendition of 'Mamma Who Bore Me'.

They also read prayers and personal letters written to their father, their hero, before his death.

Over 100 students from the school, as well as a number of teaching staff, turned out to show their support for the family.

Dr Tubridy had seven children from two marriages.

He worked for 30 years as a medical director at St John of God's Treatment Centre before his retirement in 2001.

He died peacefully at St Vincent's Private Hospital on January 30 after a short illness.

He was remembered yesterday for his "quick wit".

In his homily, Fr Tom Nash referred to his longtime friend, a former pupil of Blackrock College and a member of the 1954 School Cups winning team.

"Let us thank God for the gift to us that was Pat," he said.

He noted the many remarks about the deceased in recent days. "So many people have said, 'Pat saved our lives in helping us overcome our addictions ... Pat brought warmth and life into the lives of his family and patients."

RTE stars Joe Duffy, Marian Finucane, Claire Byrne, Sile Seoige and Miriam O'Callaghan were among those in the packed church, as well as RTE management's John McMahon, head of 2FM, and Steve Carson, director of programmes at RTE.

Morah Ryan, the wife of late DJ Gerry Ryan, arrived with Dave Fanning's wife Ursula.

Lorraine Keane, Yvonne Keating and former ministers Mary Hanafin and Liz O'Donnell were also in attendance.

Tubridy's girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain sat two rows behind the television and radio host with relatives.

President Michael D Higgins was represented by Colonel Brendan McAndrew.

The coffin, covered with white roses, left the Co Dublin church as a soloist sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

Yesterday's Mass was followed by a private cremation.

Irish Independent

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