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Morah Ryan (centre) with daughters Lottie and Bonnie at the launch of the VHI Women’s
Mini Marathon this week. Photo: Collins

Morah Ryan (centre) with daughters Lottie and Bonnie at the launch of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon this week. Photo: Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Morah Ryan (centre) with daughters Lottie and Bonnie at the launch of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon this week. Photo: Collins

The widow of broadcasting legend Gerry Ryan has told how he is never far from her thoughts as the 10th anniversary of his sudden death approaches.

The Dubliner, who presented morning shows on 2fm for more than 20 years, died at his home on April 30, 2010, at the age of 53.

In an exclusive interview with the Herald, Morah Ryan revealed that her and the couple's five children - Lottie (33), Rex (29), Bonnie (27), Elliott (23) and Babette (19) - don't need a milestone anniversary to pay tribute to the late radio star.

"We still talk about him every day," she said.

"Every day, we mark him in our own way. Honestly, it feels like only yesterday that we saw him because time is funny and then in other ways, it does seem like such a long time ago since he was here laughing that big laugh of his in the kitchen with me."

A camera crew is currently filming footage for an RTE documentary to coincide with the milestone anniversary of his death.

While she and the children opted against taking part, the production has their full support.

She reckons that Gerry 100pc "deserves" to be remembered in the first documentary on his life and they will also do whatever they can to help.

"We are absolutely behind the guys doing the documentary, they have our full support," Morah said.

"I have to look up a few old photos for it. We're just in the background, but whatever help we can give them, we're happy to do it. I know they interviewed his brother Mano last week for it. He still lives in the old family home in Clontarf. None of them went very far."