Friday 16 November 2018

'There are two or three of them that remind me of Gerard' - Morah Ryan on her children

(L to R) Elliot Ryan, Lottie Ryan, Bonnie Ryan, Babette Ryan, Morah Ryan
(L to R) Elliot Ryan, Lottie Ryan, Bonnie Ryan, Babette Ryan, Morah Ryan
Morah Ryan at the Irish premiere of The Shape of Water at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy Photography
Morah Ryan and Babette Ryan at the Irish premiere of Billy Elliot The Musical atthe Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
Bonnie Ryan, Babette Ryan, Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Morah Ryan, homeward bound
Yvonne Connolly & Morah Ryan at the annual ISPCC Brown Thomas Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge. Picture: Anthony Woods
Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Bonnie Ryan, Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at the VIP Style Awards 2014
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Morah Ryan said her eldest daughter Lottie "definitely" reminds her of the late Gerry Ryan.

She spoke fondly about her love for each other five children - Lottie (30), Rex (28), Elliott (22), Bonnie (25) and Babette (18) - with the late broadcaster, who died in 2010. Gerry, who was one of RTE's most distinctive voices, had separated from Morah in 2008 after 26 years of marriage.

"[Lottie] would definitely be a Ryan. She reminds me a lot of Gerard full stop. There are two or three of them that remind me of Gerard," she told RSVP magazine.

She went on to praise her children's bravery in their respective careers: Lottie is covering for Jennifer Zamparelli's maternity leave on 2fm's Breakfast Republic, Bonnie is pursuing a career as a makeup artist and Elliott is a final year commerce student at UCD. Morah praised Bonnie's career u-turn, pursuing makeup artistry after trying her hand at an office job and later at a singing career, releasing her debut single I'm Out in 2016.

Bonnie Ryan, Babette Ryan, Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin.
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Bonnie Ryan, Babette Ryan, Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"I am so proud of her too. She had a job but was really unhappy so she took a big jump. Bonnie has very little money, but she is doing something she is passionate about. She is doing a great job and I am very, very proud of her."

The Ryans are exceptionally private, even Lottie, whose thriving presenting career with RTE requires media interviews and attention, prefers to keep as low a profile as possible. Similarly, Bonnie insists on leaving her long-term boyfriend John out of the limelight.

Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Morah Ryan with her daughter Lottie and son Elliott arrive at the Opening of Big Maggie in the Gaiety, which runs until the 12th of March. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

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