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Friday 24 November 2017

Widowed Morah keeps Gerry close to her heart with rings

MORAH Ryan wore her and Gerry's wedding rings around her neck today as the broadcaster was laid to rest.

The heartbroken widow of the RTE star made the touching tribute as she bade goodbye to Gerry.

Gerry's sons Rex and Elliott helped to carry his coffin into the funeral mass while his daughters read Prayers of the Faithful.

President Mary McAleese was among the hundreds of mourners.

"They were married for 26 years and have five beautiful kids -- you can't break a bond like that," said a close pal, explaining Morah's necklace.

“Morah was Gerry’s one true love, and she has rekindled this by wearing both their rings at this awful time.”

Today Morah, and her children Lottie (23), Rex (20), Bonnie (17), Elliot (14) and Babette (10) were joined by hundreds of friends, family and wellwishers to say goodbye to Gerry at St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf.

For the past week, she has been wearing the two pieces of jewellery on a black chain around her neck as she prepared for the unthinkable - laying the father of her five children to rest.

Dignified Morah has said that she and their children are in “complete shock” with the devastating news of her former partner’s sudden passing at his home in Leeson Street last Friday.

At today’s mass, prayers of the faithful were read by his children Babs, Elliott & Bonnie, and his godchild Lucas while eulogies were done by his brother Manno and his two eldest children, Lottie and Rex.

READINGS

Family friend Robbie Wooten and Gerry’s sister in law Neasa Ryan did readings at the mass.

Among those attending were President Mary McAleese, Minister for Communications Eamonn Ryan and John Gormley.

Following the service Gerry’s remains were taken to the Ryan family plot in Dardistown Cemetary were he was buried alongside his parents. The burial was private and only family members attended. Pipe player Neillidh Mulligan performed at the grave side and payed Barr Na Cuille (Wings of my Soul).

Chart-toppers Westlife and the Dublin Gospel Choir performed throughout the ceremony.

Fr Brian D’Arcy, who gave today’s homily alongside chief celebrant Fr Michael Collins, described Gerry as the “voice of the nation” with “a heart as big as mountain”.

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