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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Brave Morah fights tears

Friends and loved ones rally around at grieving wife's Clontarf home, reports Caitlin McBride

THE pain is evident on Morah Ryan's face as she is comforted by her many friends.

Our picture shows a grieving Morah being comforted by a close friend of the family at her home.

Friends of Gerry and Morah Ryan visited the former couple's Clontarf home yesterday evening to comfort a grieving Morah and their children.

Morah greeted her old pals and some of Gerry's colleagues who offered their condolences at the door, where a memorial wreath had been hung.

2fm star Dave Fanning comforted Morah, who closely embraced him, and even brought a box full of groceries to ensure that the family would be well taken care of.

Riverdance's Moya Doherty was also seen calling to the family home to offer her condolences to the grieving Ryan family.

Gerry's agent Noel Kelly was pictured tearfully leaving the home of his long-term client and friend, as was former Late Late Show host Pat Kenny.

PR guru Joanne Byrne was one of the countless media bosses calling to the home to offer her support in any way possible.

As close friends made the trip to directly console his family in Clontarf, a special Late Late Show tribute with some of RTE's biggest stars paid homage to the late broadcaster.

Host Ryan Tubridy spoke of his "kind, generous, a gregarious colleague and a very good friend" before introducing some Late Late Show alumni who acted as special guests to remember Gerry.

Pat Kenny, Gay Byrne, Joe Duffy and Dave Fanning all attended the tribute to offer kind words about the much beloved RTE star.

Gay Byrne spoke of how "unbefitting and peculiar" it was to lose someone more than 20 years younger than him.

All told of their own personal stories and memories of Gerry, and Liveline host Joe Duffy, who had known the late star since they studied together in Trinity College, described his old friend as being "larger-than-life" and praised the man who touched a nation through his various broadcasting exercises.

"He always got people talking," he said. "People knew him, he was part of their lives, they knew a lot about him," he added.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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