2FM star Ryan Tubridy has admitted he still hasn’t fully accepted the death of his former colleague and friend, legendary DJ Gerry Ryan, as he honoured his fifth anniversary on his morning radio show.
Yesterday marked five years since Gerry suddenly passed away, and the Late Late Show host said it still seems surreal to him.
He said: “Today is the fifth anniversary of the passing of our dear friend Gerry Ryan and I have to say even after all these years it still feels funny saying ‘the death of’.
“It doesn’t feel that he’s gone in some ways and yet you miss him so much.”
He said all of the staff at 2FM still honour the late radio entertainer by stopping by his picture and saying a few words every day.
“We pass by his picture on the corridor every morning on the way down,” Ryan said. “We look at him and say, ‘There you are head, you would have been in there this morning acting the maggot.”
“But here we are, five years. It doesn’t feel like it does it? It’s just sped on, passed by us. It’s sad, there’s no two ways about it. It’s not even bittersweet. There’s nothing sweet about it at all.”
Ryan added: “I just wanted to remember Gerry today. So many of you loved him as did I.”
The tv presenter added that he found it fitting that Gerry’s broadcaster daughter Lottie should feature in the paper on the day of his anniversary, as she judged Best Dressed Lady at the Punchestown Races.
“It’s five years and I just see Lottie looking radiant there and one man who would have loved to have been looking at this picture this morning would have been Gery, proud as punch of his gorgeous daughter, all his kids obviously.”
“We work with Lottie and we love Lottie,” he added.
Lottie recently opened up about the heartbreaking loss of her father for the first time.