Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Broadcaster Ryan bidden farewell

Presenter Ryan Tubridy (centre) among mourners at the funeral of broadcaster Gerry Ryan

Broadcaster Gerry Ryan has been warmly remembered as a textbook super-dad and motormouth DJ too bright for this world.

In a poignant funeral Mass infused with his boldness, loved ones spoke of his generosity and spirit as his family gave fans a glowing tribute of a father at home.

In a heartfelt homily, friend and confidante Father Brian D'Arcy gave a brief insight into the brash presenter's fears and weaknesses.

President Mary McAleese, a friend after lecturing Ryan in Trinity College and working in RTE, former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, designer John Rocha and pop group Westlife were among dozens of high-profile mourners.

Hundreds of fans stood in silence outside on the narrow north Dublin road as Ryan's five children and ex-wife Morah brought him back to the little chapel where the 53-year-old was baptised and married.

Eldest daughter Lottie, 23, was first to tell St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf of the family's pride at being part of the broadcaster's life.

Lottie said: "You all knew Gerry Ryan as the motormouth broadcaster, but obviously what we're more familiar with is him as our loving dad and as our dad he was pretty much a textbook super-dad."

Despite the celebrity lifestyle - a message from U2 was played at the service - mourners also heard that behind the public persona lay a man with worries.

Fr D'Arcy revealed a recent lunch the two enjoyed in Dublin, adding: "He always worried whether he was good enough. Don't we all?"

Boy band Westlife gave their tribute in song, performing You Raise Me Up with members of the gospel choir.

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