The partner of the late RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan told yesterday how she finds it too upsetting to listen to his replacement.
Melanie Verwoerd, the director of UNICEF in Ireland, spoke of how she is finding it “incredibly tough” to cope following the death of the broadcaster on April 30.
It was Ms Verwoerd who found Ryan's body in his Dublin apartment that afternoon.
Yesterday she said she found it impossible to listen to 2FM during the morning slot Ryan had presented from the 1980s until his death and which was subsequently taken over by Ryan Tubridy.
“I am sure Ryan's doing really well. I find it too hard to listen to it. Impossible,”she said.
“Ryan is a great friend so I am sure he will do very well.”
Ms Verwoerd's comments came at an announcement that two high-profile GAA players have been appointed ambassadors for UNICEF Ireland. Galway hurler Joe Canning and Kildare footballer Dermot Earley will work with the charity to bring attention to the problems disadvantaged children around the world face.