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Tuesday 17 October 2017

RTE gives Gerry's chair to family

Gerry Ryan's blue studio chair is to be given back to his family in the coming days.

His colleagues chose to honour the presenter by keeping this prized object in his old 2fm studio after his tragic death last April, and until his family was ready to collect it.

"It has been the intention to pass the chair to members of Gerry's family," an RTE spokesperson revealed.

"Out of respect it has been kept in studio until the family were in the position to take possession of it. I understand they will take the chair in the coming days."

Golden Hour presenter Larry Gogan referred to the sad reminder of his friend's untimely passing at just 53 years old at a photocall yesterday.

"I'm in the studio now and Gerry's chair is here in the corner," the 72-year-old broadcaster said. "It was especially made for him and it's still here -- but no one uses it. We used to sit beside each other every day and he really made me laugh."

Earlier this year, Larry, who has been a fixture in radio since the 60s and is being honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award for 2010 from Phonographic Performance Ireland, revealed that Ryan's death had affected him profoundly.

Secret

"I sat beside Gerry for 30 years in the office and had a laugh every day. He was the same always. Maybe that's the secret. People can see through you if you are pretending. I really think they can," he remembered fondly.

Ryan Tubridy (37) also admitted that taking over Gerry's breakfast show on 2fm had been tough.

"It's a difficult thing to take over a job like that, somebody that important to you... from my predecessor, my old friend who I loved," Ryan said. "But there has been great support from the listeners and the team."

Gerry's two eldest children, Rex (20) and Lottie (24), thanked their father's friends last month for their support when they were presented with an award honouring their father's contribution to the Irish media at the People Of The Year ceremony, hosted by Grainne Seoige.

"I'd like to thank everybody who has shown their support and complete love through the tragedy that was the death of my dad," Rex said. "Words can't describe how much it all meant to my family."

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