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Stylish Morah makes first public appearance since Gerry's death

Morah Ryan made her first public appearance since the death of Gerry Ryan for the official opening of The Convention Centre, last night.

The event was marked by a gala ball which saw a host of well-known names from across Dublin's social circles attend.

Stunning Morah (50) wore a stylish black gown for last night's event, which she attended with good friend Geraldine Connolly.

Building boss Johnny Ronan was also making his first public appearance since his announcement in March that he was temporarily stepping away from his business activities.

This announcement came several weeks after his now infamous 'Rumble in Ranelagh' with top model Glenda Gilson, followed by a quick jaunt to Morocco with former Miss World Rosanna Davison. The incident sparked a feud between the models.


The developer attended the official opening earlier yesterday, alongside Treasury Holdings colleague Richard Barrett. Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin (SDCCD) Ltd, part of Ronan and Barrett's ailing Treasury Holdings group, which has been bailed out by NAMA, was behind the construction of the centre and will run it for the next 25 years.

Under the public-private partnership agreement, the State, through the Office of Public Works, will pay the company an annual charge of approximately €47m or about €3.9m a month for the first five years, and just under €24m for the next 20 years.

Last night, Ronan attended the Gala ball with his wife Mary Ronan, and their three children.

He arrived at the event in a 2010 Mercedes S-Class, worth €100,000.

He was also snapped holding what appeared to be three mobile phones in his hand -- although that should come as no surprise to people who know the high profile businessman as he is known for his strong work ethic and commitment.

A host of big names came to the official opening of the centre yesterday afternoon, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern -- who embraced Johnny Ronan at the event -- who had been an enthusiastic supporter of the centre before it came to fruition.

The Centre was officially opened by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.