Gerry Ryan
Irish broadcaster
Gerry Ryan
Gerard "Gerry" Ryan was an Irish presenter of radio and television employed by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He presented The Gerry Ryan Show on radio station RTÉ 2fm each weekday morning from 1988 until hours before his sudden death. He was presented with a Jacob's Award for this show in 1990. Ryan hosted several series of television shows, including Secrets, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan's Hitlist, Ryan Confidential and Operation Transformation.
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Cycling-Australia picks new leadership to shake off image crisis
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Cycling Australia (CA) appointed Gerry Ryan as its new president on Monday, entrusting him with the job of restoring public faith in the governing body and the sport in the wake of high-profile doping scandals. Owner of the professional Orica-GreenEDGE team, Ryan replaces Klaus Mueller, who stepped down in August after a tumultuous three-and-half years at the helm. During Mueller's time in charge, cycling grew in Australia but its image was tarnished by the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. While American Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and handed a life ban last year, Australian duo Matt White and Stephen Hodge admitted to doping during their cycling careers and quit their CA posts.
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Jasey Opens Office in Maplewood
The Caldewells Patch - over 4 years
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey celebrated the official opening of her office at 511 Valley Street in Maplewood last week. Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca helped cut the ribbon, alongside Committeewoman India Larrier, Committeeman Jerry Ryan, South Orange Village President Alex Torpey, Freeholder Pat Sebold and a few of Jasey's friends from the State Assembly. Jasey served on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education froom 1999 to 2007, and she has served in the state legislator ever since. There, she served on the Housing and Local Government Committees and is Vice-Chair of the Education Committee. Jasey represents Caldwell, Chatham Township, East Hanover,Essex Fells, Florham Park,Hanover, Harding,Livingston, Madison,Maplewood, Millburn,Roseland, South Orange and West Orange, which is District 27.  Her office can be reached at (973) 762-1886.
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Gerry Ryan's family host memorial service in Clontarf home on his anniversary
Independent - almost 5 years
THE family of Gerry Ryan were joined by a host of his friends from RTE yesterday for a lunch and prayer service on the second anniversary of his death.
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Poignant day for Gerry's family.. two years later
Herald - Ireland - almost 5 years
THE family of late RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan will mark the second anniversary of his death today.
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Developer Appeals to Town for Tax Abatement
Maplewood - almost 5 years
The former Universal Chain property at 92 Burnett Avenue in the Hilton neighborhood should finally start yielding big financial rewards to the town in a year or two. Owners of Elite Properties, which purchased the property and plans to develop it as a two-story, 126-unit multi-family housing development, appealed to town leaders for a tax abatement at the April 17 Township Committee meeting. But while "tax abatement" sounds more like a loss of revenue, town leaders were quick to point out that the development will take a barely contributing property and change it into one of the top tax contributors in town. With the PILOT — or Payment in Lieu of Taxes — that Elite will be paying, the town will see approximately $403,000 in the first year of improvement. (The county will see about $21,000; the school district will see no money.) And the PILOT amount accelerates every year over thirty years at a rate of 2%. After 30 years, the PILOT is over and the property owner pays tax ...
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Even younger rivals threaten RTE's pack of 'young fogeys' - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Since taking over Gerry Ryan's slot, the show has shed an astonishing 110000 listeners. And Grainne Seoige has to be disappointed at being passed over for the 'gig of the year' -- hosting The Voice, the Irish version of a show that has been
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Cooke and Wilson reunite at GreenEDGE Cycling - Bike World News
Google News - over 5 years
“With Bannan, Neil Stephens and Gerry Ryan, who has been a long time supporter of mine and of Australian cycling generally, I have complete faith in the future of the team. I'm very much looking forward to becoming part of this exciting new era in
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Search Query: Herald.ie Web Search - Herald.ie
Google News - over 5 years
Morah Ryan, a sculptor, the late Gerry Ryan's widow and a mum-of-five, is, at age 51, a terrific example of gorgeous girliness. Her toned body and ageless prettiness would put many a younger woman to shame. Like Miriam, she also seems to be getting
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It took me a year to get over Gerry -- Tubridy - Herald.ie
Google News - over 5 years
RYAN Tubridy only began to get over Gerry Ryan's death a year after losing his close friend, he has revealed. Tubridy (below) experienced a "tremendous moment" while at an informal gathering in Gerry's family home with the late star's
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How to build a cycling team - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Gerry Ryan, who is steering the audacious and historic project, speaks to Rupert Guinness. Rupert Guinness: When the GreenEDGE project began as an idea - long before the launch in January - how much of it was about living a dream or it becoming a ... - -
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In its fifth year, Salem Jazz and Soul Fest branches out with new sounds - The Salem News
Google News - over 5 years
Organizer Gerry Ryan promises you will hear "a lot of that New Orleans funk that a lot of people like." He's quick to add that, as always, several North Shore and Northeast talents will be ready to perform as well, from solid professionals,
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Ageless Ryan races to third 'Streets' title - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
A seemingly ageless Gerry Ryan of Craughwell AC coasted to a comfortable victory in Saturday's Corrib Oil Streets of Galway 8k road race -- a remarkable achievement considering that the Galway runner is all of 47 years of age
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Ryan's woes were irrelevant to UNICEF - Sunday World
Google News - over 5 years
They claim they couldn't deal with her getting so much press in relation to her late partner Gerry Ryan, yet as a result the charity had a record year, despite the recession. Where's the sense in that? Regardless of her relationship with Gerry,
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Why can't men chat us up without their wingman Arthur Guinness? - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Girl-about-town and daughter of the late Gerry Ryan, Ms Lottie Ryan, is the latest Irishwoman to bemoan the lack of sober, strictly vertical guys out and about of a weekend night. And while we could point out that Lottie might want to start hanging out
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Nob Nation brothel sketch lands RTE in hot water - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
He is suing over the 'Nob Nation' episode on the 'Gerry Ryan Show' on 2FM in August 2008. His lawyer told the court yesterday, on the opening day of his libel action before a judge and jury, that even as recently as last week a tourist turned up at the
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Cameron Galpin to Share Music in Derby Square Saturday Afternoon - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The following press release is courtesy of Gerry Ryan. The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival/Berklee College Summer Series continues with another fine concert on Saturday afternoon, July 9, from 5 to 7 pm in Derby Square in downtown Salem
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Jayco chief Gerry Ryan has grape expectations - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
JAYCO chief Gerry Ryan has many feathers in his hat - from building caravans through to a Melbourne Cup victory - but yesterday he also acquired some grape expectations with the purchase of Mitchelton Winery. The estate, located near Nagambie in
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Our Lady's Boys' Club, a Galway gem - Galway Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
... Tom Cunningham, Bartley Hynes, Tony Conboy (taking the shot), Sean McNamara, Gerry Ryan, Willie Golding, Colie Rushe, William McDonagh, Peter Folan, Leo Creane, Francis Walsh, Danny Collins, Jackie Molloy, Dominick Geary, and Paddy McDonagh
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerry Ryan
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 53
    Shortly after midday on 30 April 2010, Ryan was found dead in the bedroom of his home on Leeson Street, Dublin.
    More Details Hide Details Among the dignitaries to send tributes were Bono, the Clintons, Taoiseach Brian Cowen and President Mary McAleese. The day being Friday, that night's edition of The Late Late Show was promptly given over to discussion of Ryan's life and death. 10,000 people from across the country queued to sign books of condolence. His funeral took place on 6 May, and was broadcast on 2fm, the home of Ryan's radio show and a first for the predominantly youthpop-oriented station. His death also came sixteen years to the day after he hosted Eurovision 1994. An inquest showed that the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia and that traces of cocaine found in Ryan's system were the "likely trigger" of Ryan's death. A considerable public controversy erupted when Ryan's long-term use of cocaine came to light. RTÉ eventually admitted to having given insufficient coverage of Ryan's cocaine habit in the aftermath of the inquest.
    The Evening Herald reported that when Tonight with Craig Doyle finished, Ryan was set to present a chat show in autumn 2010.
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    Ryan was found dead in his Dublin flat on 30 April 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    Later in 2008, he began a relationship with the former South African Ambassador to Ireland and the then UNICEF Ireland executive director, Melanie Verwoerd.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Melanie Verwoerd said she was "deeply shocked" to have been sacked from the charity because of the publicity surrounding her relationship with the deceased broadcaster. Ryan spent several days on a drip in hospital in 2006 due to dehydration after contracting the winter vomiting bug. He also underwent a much-publicised vasectomy which resulted in an infected wound. With Ryan no longer able to defend himself, reports in some tabloids surfaced on his use of cocaine, allegedly offering to the former RTÉ Radio DJ Gareth O'Callaghan. Ryan's former sister-in-law, Janice O'Brien said: "Many people who knew Gerry knew he took drugs. It was an accepted open secret for years. He used everywhere – birthday parties, Christmas parties. I'm not the only person in the world that knows this". Ryan was noted for his love of fine food and wine. He was battling a weight problem for several years and had been taking Reductil (Sibutramine), a "slimming pill", which he said was effective and safe. Ryan conceded in his autobiography that he drank too much for his own good.
    In March 2008, Ryan announced he and Morah were separating and called the separation "a very painful experience".
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    Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up was released to Irish readers on 16 October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2009, it was reported that the book had sold just over 10,000 copies. Ryan earned €487,492 from RTÉ in 2004, making him the second highest paid presenter to colleague Pat Kenny. He earned €462,442 in 2003, and €601,882 in 2002. RTÉ offered Ryan a new five-year contract worth €600,000 a year in July 2007. Ryan said that just before this he came very close to signing a deal with Denis O'Brien to present a daytime programme on Newstalk which was about to go national. He was offered several millions more than RTÉ were offering him. Ryan considered the deal, thinking of how one of his best friends Willie O'Reilly was head of sister station Today FM and was heavily involved with the other stations. However negotiations fell apart as Ryan cautioned on how delicate the situation was, with RTÉ looking at his contract and deciding if he was of value to them any more. O'Brien allegedly disappeared and Ryan was told he was out of coverage. The irony was not lost on him – "pretty incredible for a guy who owns most of the world's mobile telephones". O'Brien did eventually return but Ryan had already signed the RTÉ contract.
    In the early part of 2008, Ryan announced that he had been contracted by Penguin to write his autobiography.
    More Details Hide Details The €100,000 advance paid by Penguin to Ryan was reported to be the largest ever paid for a book published in Ireland.
    He is also noted for presenting The Late Late Show on 24 October 2008 when regular presenter Pat Kenny became bereaved.
    More Details Hide Details In positive notices unusual as per his television career, Ryan received praise for his guest role, even coping well with the traditionally difficult comedian Tommy Tiernan whose appearances on the show with Kenny led to complaints. The edition of The Late Late Show that he hosted had the largest audience of any that season apart from the annual edition of The Late Late Toy Show.
    Later TV work included Gerry Ryan's Hitlist, Ryan Confidential, and Operation Transformation. Ryan wrote in his 2008 autobiography that his critics were not as vocal any more, although he put this down to them "mostly... ignoring me".
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Ryan's mother died on Christmas Day 2006.
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  • 1999
    Age 42
    Ryan was touted to be the successor to Gay Byrne following his departure from The Late Late Show. Reports that Ryan was to be made producer as well as presenter and given a deal worth £500,000 – higher earnings than Byrne received – proved unfounded when Pat Kenny took over the role in 1999.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 37
    He did, however, co-present the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest alongside Cynthia Ní Mhurchú where he had the honour of introducing Riverdance as the interval act.
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  • 1990
    Age 33
    In October 1990, Ryan received a Jacob's Award for The Gerry Ryan Show, described at the award ceremony as "unbelievably bizarre and unprecedented – and at the same time being serious, hilarious and unpredictable".
    More Details Hide Details Ryan hosted several series of television shows during his career. Secrets was a popular Saturday night show which was not well received by critics. The producer, Kevin Linehan, was removed from the show to work on the Millstreet Eurovision and asked Ryan to co-present the event with Fionnuala Sweeney. They later met and Linehan informed Ryan that RTÉ had objected to his proposal.
  • 1988
    Age 31
    The Gerry Ryan Show, began in March 1988 when he was offered a three-hour morning radio slot.
    More Details Hide Details The G. Ryan Show, running from 09:00–12:00 on weekday mornings, consisted of interviews and phone-ins via the "Ryan Line". Each morning he would begin by discussing the headlines of that morning's newspapers. Following the news update at 10:00, Ryan would introduce that morning's Nob Nation, a satirical slot which featured impersonations of politicians and RTÉ media personnel comparable to rival station Today FM's Gift Grub. Ryan presented RTÉ 2fm's only show which was regularly among the top twenty Irish radio shows in Ireland, a show which commanded around €4–5 million for RTÉ per annum, mainly through advertising (one thirty-second advertisement during the show cost €900). This meant RTÉ would have earned €27,000 through advertising from Ryan per day. The defining moment of the show came in 1993, when a rape victim, Lavinia Kerwick, rang GRS to air her feelings. For the first time it occurred to Ryan that the story was more important than the question. Since then The Ryan Show became something of a national institution as the oldest show still running on 2fm. Despite repeated reshuffles which have seen all other presenters shifted around, RTÉ have never moved The Ryan Show from its traditional slot.
    He married Morah Brennan in 1988 and they had five children: Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Elliott and Babette.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Morah famously telephoned her husband's show and, under the name Norah, told half a million listeners intimate details concerning his personal household habits. Gerry and Morah announced their separation in March 2008. He soon began a relationship with the former South African Ambassador to Ireland and the then UNICEF Ireland executive director, Melanie Verwoerd.
  • 1987
    Age 30
    In 1987, Ryan and a group of volunteers spent time in the countryside of Connemara as part of The Gay Byrne Show.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan claimed to have killed and eaten a lamb to survive, earning him the nickname "Lambo", though the story turned out to be a hoax. The incident has been adapted for the stage. Ryan's style was considered by some to be that of a motor-mouth shock jock. The Gerry Ryan Show was subject to several upheld complaints to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI), although once escaped punishment when he said "Would it be considered blasphemous if someone said on air that 'God is a bollocks?'". Ryan was noted for the enjoyment he took in discussing topics such as sex, bodily functions, and food – as well as current social and political issues. Disgraced former PR guru Max Clifford claimed, after Ryan's death, he could have, like Graham Norton and Terry Wogan, had a successful broadcasting career in the UK and said he was similar to "Michael Parkinson at his best".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 29
    Ryan had previously been involved with both the 1986 and 1990 Contest, providing both television and radio commentary for RTÉ.
    More Details Hide Details He also provided the RTÉ Radio commentary for the 2002 and the 2003 contests. He described Ryantown as "the worst television experience I've ever had in my entire life", with producer Julie Parsons (who had previously worked on The Gay Byrne Hour) nearly having a nervous breakdown, according to Ryan. He described RTÉ as "extremely unhelpful". "Suggestions would arrive at our production meetings: maybe Gerry should wear a hat. Maybe Gerry should sit down. Maybe Gerry should run around more." Ryan unsuccessfully pleaded with RTÉ to cancel midway through the series. Gerry Ryan Tonight was a chat show that aired two nights per week. Ryan describes it as "no less traumatic" as it nearly cost him his close personal friendship with the producer Ferdia McAnna. Let Me Entertain You was an amateur talent show in 1999.
  • 1979
    Age 22
    Early in his career, Ryan was involved part-time in pirate radio – presenting a selection of programmes firstly for Alternative Radio Dublin (ARD) and then for Big D. When RTÉ Radio 2 (now RTÉ 2fm) was launched in 1979, Ryan joined RTÉ as a DJ where he presented a selection of speech- and music-based programmes, including Here Comes the Weekend on Friday nights and Saturday Scene on Saturday mornings, which earned him £78 per week.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan then moved to a night-time music show called 'Lights out' which accompanied Mark Cagney's grown-up album programme and Dave Fanning's The Rock Show as part of Radio 2's night-time line-up. The trio brought their shows on tour around Ireland. Ryan said they dressed as if they were in a band and behaved as such as well, booking into "awful hotels", drinking heavily and staying out late in "dodgy nightclubs". Their excessive talking has led to Ryan dubbing them "the three big-mouths on at night-time". They were good friends; Fanning was "a kind of hyperactive, Southside rock guru" and Cagney was "this obsessive, meticulous Corkman who would annotate every single millisecond of what he played on-air". The trio also started to put on live shows, some of which Ryan described as being attended by crowds of 20,000.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Ryan was born in Dublin in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details He described his father, Vinnie, as a "slightly eccentric" dentist from a Presbyterian background and his mother, Maureen, as "a flamboyant woman" who came from a theatrical background and worked in the theatre. His godfather was broadcaster Eamonn Andrews. He learnt to shoot with Charles Haughey's children. He had two brothers, Michael and Vincent. He was educated at St Paul's College, Raheny.
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