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One year on and the quiet around Gerry's anniversary is far more apt than his over-the-top funeral was

Remember the scene from the film The Queen, when Helen Mirren was locked down with her family in Holyrood Castle, after Princess Diana had died?

The crowds were crying out for a show of solidarity, a show of respect, but nothing was coming from those in high places.

Eventually, the Royals came down from their ivory tower and allowed the crowds to see their contrived version of grief.

I wonder if that was how it was last year for RTE bosses when Gerry Ryan died? Did they feel under so much public pressure that they were forced to pull out all the stops and give Gerry the Royal treatment?

As they took off their hunting jackets and dismissed their minions, RTE management decided to put on a bit of a show for their biggest showman.



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How better to mark the day, than to have Mark Little do a running commentary at the funeral. How better to liven up the proceedings than to have a satellite link-up with Mr Showbiz himself, Bono.

There was numbered seating and velvet-rope security for the funeral. At one stage I thought I would rather like to go myself, to pay my respect to a fellow broadcast professional, but I soon realised that there was NO WAY I would get in.

One year on, I wonder are we just a little regretful about the way we marked Gerry's death? I heard a woman in a post office queue later say: "You'd swear the Pope had died."

But it seems this year, everyone who is connected to Gerry Ryan wants to commemorate his passing in a private way.

RTE colleagues will remember him, but without fanfare, in fact without any homage to him on the airwaves whatsoever.

Marking Gerry Ryan's death will be a hushed affair for those who knew him. It seems no-one wants a song and dance.

RTE has tried to replace him, but to no avail. Ryan Tubridy has attempted to bring some banter, some wit and some charm to 2fm.

It was hoped Tubridy could get back some of that spirit from his old breakfast show The Full Irish.

But Tubs seems to find it difficult to talk about anything personal, anything spiritual, anything to do with women and anything to do with well-being.



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In television, the word is that Mike Murphy is to take over from Ryan Confidential. But it's disappointing that the heads of television see no-one who has worked in television for the past 20 years as capable of doing this job.

The void that Gerry Ryan has left is enormous. And even though his anniversary will be a much quieter affair, his absence could never be more profound. Perhaps the hole he has left is the most apt commemoration of all.


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