Wednesday 20 February 2019

Tragic Gerry left entire €1.3m estate to ex-wife Morah

RTE star Gerry Ryan left his entire estate to his wife Morah.

His assets are worth more than €1.3m, but how much Morah will inherit from the estate is uncertain and a detailed schedule of her late husband's assets are unknown.

Mr Ryan, who died after taking cocaine in April last year, made his last will and testament on November 13, 1992.

He did not change his will after he separated from Morah, the mother of his five children and his wife of 26 years.

Documents lodged in the probate office give a current value for his estate of €1,333,921.

No further details of Mr Ryan's estate are outlined in the documents -- which are publicly available -- though it is believed the family home on Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, makes up most of its value. It is not known what other assets, if any, were in Mr Ryan's name.

The five-bedroom house, which the couple bought in the mid-1990s, is believed to be worth €850,000.

Three separate mortgages were taken out on the property over eight years, during which time the house was extended. It is not known if the mortgages have been paid off.


The Land Registry shows no evidence of other property in the broadcaster's name.

He and Morah confirmed in March 2008 that they had split after 26 years of marriage. The couple had five children Lottie (24), Rex (21), Bonnie (18), Elliot (13) and Babette (10).

Mr Ryan later began a relationship with Melanie Verwoerd, a former South African ambassador to Ireland and Unicef Ireland chief.

The revelations about his last will and testament come just over a year after the broadcaster was found dead at his apartment on Upper Leeson St in Dublin on April 30, 2010.

An inquest later heard that cocaine use was likely to have triggered the cardiac arrhythmia which caused his death.

Ms Verwoerd was not invited to the church service which marked the anniversary of his death last month.

"My children and I have not received an invite to the Mass. I wish to commemorate Gerry in my own personal way and have made arrangements to do so privately," she said.


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