We miss Gerry every day but he'd be so proud of Lottie - Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy took a moment to remember his late friend and RTE colleague Gerry Ryan yesterday morning, on the fifth anniversary of his death.
Speaking on his 2FM morning show, Ryan referred to a photo of Gerry's daughter Lottie (29) at Punchestown Races which featured in the Herald.
"Let me just begin by mentioning a picture in front of me in the Herald of Lottie Ryan," he said. "We work with Lottie and we love Lottie.
"Today is the fifth anniversary of the passing of our dear friend Gerry Ryan and I have to say even after all these years it still feels funny saying 'the death of'.
"It doesn't feel that he's gone in some ways and yet you miss him so much."
Gerry passed away suddenly on April 30, 2010. Ryan said it was fitting that Lottie should feature in this paper on the day of his anniversary.
"It's five years and I just see Lottie looking radiant there and one man who would have loved to have been looking at this picture this morning would have been Gerry, proud as punch of his gorgeous daughter, all his kids obviously," Ryan said.
The 2FM presenter said that the Dublin radio legend occupies a special place in the corridors of the broadcaster's building in Montrose.
"We pass by his picture on the corridor, do we not, every morning on the way down," Tubridy said.
"We look at him and say, 'There you are head, you would have been in there this morning acting the maggot'."
The presenter said that he couldn't believe how the time had passed since the sudden death of his close colleague and mentor.
"But here we are, five years. It doesn't feel it, does it? It's just sped on, passed by us. It's sad, there's no two ways about it. It's not even bittersweet. There's nothing sweet about it at all. I just wanted to remember Gerry today. So many of you loved him, as did I, so it's nice to see Lottie in the papers today for the day that's in it."
Yesterday, Lottie told the Herald that she wanted to soak in the atmosphere in Punchestown ahead of her dad's anniversary,
"I'm going to hang around for a while because I've never been to the races before," Lottie said.
Lottie (29) earlier said that her slot on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am are the perfect learning curve as she begins to make her way up the ladder at 2fm.