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Ladies Day show is off the air in Gerry tribute

RTE radio will not be doing a live broadcast from tomorrow's Ladies Day at the Galway races as a mark of respect to late 2FM star Gerry Ryan.

The Herald can reveal station bosses have decided against sending Lucy Kennedy and Colm Hayes to Ballybrit to cover the biggest day of the seven-day festival, as they feel it is too soon after the dad of five's sudden death in April.

The larger-than-life star entertained listeners last year when he and colleague Evelyn O'Rourke high-tailed it west for three days to cover the glamorous event for his 2fm morning show, marking Gerry's first visit to the festival.

However it has been decided to drop this segment of the morning show indefinitely.

"After the success of last year's outside broadcast, management had decided that a show from the Galway races would be an annual feature of Gerry's show," said a station insider.

"They contemplated sending the Lucy and Colm Show down instead tomorrow but after much consideration they decided it wouldn't be appropriate and are planning to knock the feature on the head for the immediate future.

"The races were very much Gerry's baby. The idea was his originally and he was very much looking forward to broadcasting from Galway again this year," they added.

And it's no wonder the popular star enjoyed his debut outing to the event, given that he scooped an impressive €5,000 on his first day. The generous broadcaster later donated his winnings to charity.

Meanwhile Gerry's estranged wife Morah is due to celebrate her 51st birthday this week, with a far more low-key celebration than last year's star-studded party hosted by MCD's Dennis and Caroline Desmond.

Pals have revealed how the mum of five, who is still coming to terms with the death of her husband of 26 years, is planning a quiet dinner at home with her children and a number of close friends.

Galway Diary, Page 20