Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Irish presenter Gerry Ryan home with family for last time

Pat Kenny (left) hugs Siobhan Hock outside Gerry Ryan's family home in the north Dublin suburb of Clontarf .
Irish personality Twink and daughter Naomi leave Gerry Ryan's family home
Mourners at the home of Gerry Ryan. May 2010

The body of Irish broadcasting legend Gerry Ryan was last night bought back to the family’s home of his children and ex-wife.

A handful of neighbours gathered as the coffin was carried into the house in the leafy north Dublin suburb of Clontarf, where fans have placed dozens of floral tributes.

Family spokeswoman Joanne Byrne revealed Ryan's loved ones were concentrating on giving him the send-off he deserves at his funeral at the St John The Baptist Church this morning.

“They are very conscious that although their grief is so private and they have lost their dad, they are sharing their loss with so many other people which actually does give them comfort,” she said.

A former pirate radio DJ, Ryan got his chat show on 2fm in 1988 and went on to become a household name, attracting a daily audience of more than 300,000 listeners.

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