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"The Ryan Line is open": RTÉ unveils bronze tribute to Gerry Ryan

The tile was laid outside the radio centre yesterday evening.
Oct 3rd 2014, 5:53 PM 15,079 39

photo (7) The plaque in Gerry Ryan's memory Source: RTÉ

GERRY RYAN WILL forever be remembered by those visiting RTÉ’s Radio Centre, after a bronze tile was laid at its entrance in his memory.

The Ryan family attended the unveiling at 6pm yesterday. They were involved in the selection and design of the tribute, an RTÉ spokesperson said.

At the request of the family, the unveiling of the tile was kept private and low key.

The spokesperson said:

Gerry Ryan was, and still is, very much a big part of RTÉ Radio, and it was felt that the bronze tile is a fitting way for his colleagues to remember him each day on their way to and from work.

Ryan joined RTÉ as a DJ in 1979 and brought The Gerry Ryan Show to RTÉ Radio in March 1988.

“The loss of Gerry, to this day, is still huge to Irish Radio, RTÉ, Gerry’s colleagues, his friends and most importantly to his family,” said the RTÉ spokesperson.

They said that the artist, Patrick O’Reilly, was a personal friend of Gerry’s and the Ryan family.

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At 11am this morning, there was another ceremony for radio staff who knew and worked with Gerry outside the Radio Centre. There they said a few words about the late DJ to mark the occasion.

Ryan died in April 2010 at the age of 53.

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