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RTE rules out tribute on Gerry anniversary

RTE has no public tribute planned to mark the first anniversary of Gerry Ryan's death on Saturday.

However, a spokesman for the organisation has revealed how some of its high-profile broadcasters may choose to make reference to the sudden death of the controversial DJ on April 30.

"Gerry's one-year anniversary will be a sad, private occasion for all in 2fm and RTE, and for Gerry's family and friends," he said.

"Following on from the radio and television tribute programmes in the aftermath of Gerry's death, and at Christmas, individual presenters and programmes may of course remember and acknowledge Gerry on-air this weekend."

While no programmes will be specifically dedicated to his memory, Gerry may still be remembered in other ways by those who worked with him.

"In line with the private nature of the first anniversary of Gerry's death, individual presenters may make appropriate reference to Gerry on the day or over the weekend," he continued.

"The expectation is that Gerry will be called to mind across the weekend, but there are no stand-alone programmes planned."

Some of his RTE friends and colleagues including Dave Fanning, Joe Duffy and Ryan Tubridy, are expected to attend the memorial mass planned by his former wife of 26 years, Morah Ryan, this Saturday.

A group of family and friends have been invited to attend the commemorative service at St John the Baptist church in Clontarf, situated near his family home on Castle Avenue.

mfinn@herald.ie


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