Ryan Tubridy opens up about the grief he felt after losing his father

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Ryan Tubridy has candidly opened up about the loss of his father while speaking on his new podcast, The Book Shelf.

The former Late Late Show presenter spoke to guest David Williams on the first episode where he stated how strange it is for life to continue after losing someone close to you.

Ryan lost his dad Patrick, who worked as a psychiatrist at St John of God hospital, in 2013 following a short illness.

Reflecting on that time, the presenter admitted that all of a sudden “everything changed”.

“I’m thinking of looking out of the back of the funeral car of my own dad and thinking that very same thing, going ‘Don’t you know this great guy is gone? How can you be going in to buy bread?’ That’s so mundane,” Ryan explained.

“It’s most unusual, you forget your universe is just that.”

Continuing on, he said: “It’s like someone flicked the globe and everything’s changed and actually your landscape in your daily life is littered with landmines, with emotional tripwires and you suddenly find [you’re like] ‘hold it together, hold it together’ because no one else cares and certainly doesn’t understand why you’re suddenly having a moment because you saw a packet of Silk Cut Purple because it reminds you of your father.

“It’s bizarre.”

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Elsewhere on the podcast, David opened up about the book that made him cry.

Sharing that he had cried while reading The Unconsoled, by the critically acclaimed British novelist, screenwriter, musician and short-story writer Kazuo Ishiguro.

The book tells the story of a pianist who arrives in a central European city to perform a concert he cannot remember agreeing to.

Ryan’s brand new podcast, The Book Shelf launched today April 16th, and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and all major audio platforms.

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