Ryan part of ‘Holy Trinity’

PAT KENNY paid tribute to the late Gerry Ryan when he described him, Gay Byrne and Terry Wogan as “the Holy Trinity” of Irish broadcasting talent.

Pat Kenny sat alongside Gaybo and other friends of the 53-year-old who died suddenly, as they paid tribute to his life on the Late Late Show.

Mr Kenny recalled a long friendship which included having to give up his bed in Greece so Gerry Ryan and his former wife, Morah, could share it on the first night of their honeymoon.

He also recalled another holiday, this time in Egypt when Gerry Ryan laid down on a sarcophagus which once contained the body of a pharaoh.

“He was actually larger than life off air than he was on air. He’d entertain us all,” Mr Kenny said.

Gay Byrne described Gerry Ryan as having a terrific sense of fun.

“When he came on screen he filled that screen. When he was on the wireless he filled that speaker,” he said.

There will be a tribute to Gerry Ryan today on RTÉ 2fm. Presented by close friend Evelyn O’Rourke, the show will feature friends and colleagues.

Meanwhile, after requests from members of the public, RTÉ Radio reception will open from noon to 6pm today so people can sign a book of condolences.

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