'Gerry Ryan really cared for the people of our island. A voice that went out, compassionately, to hundreds of thousands of people every morning has been silenced way before its time. I think he inspired many of us to think for ourselves. He gave us our own voice by giving us his. With a heart as big as his appetite for life, Gerry's passing will be a great loss to the people of Ireland.í ~Colin Farrell
The death of Gerry Ryan had so many in shock last Friday. It was clear he had touched many peopleís lives particularly through his radio programme on 2FM. Many tributes have been paid to him and all heartfelt and genuine. He was mischievous, generous, fun loving, brave, spiritual and was honest and open in everything he did. Today his funeral Mass takes place in Dublin and the following lines are appropriate in his memory. You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that heíll come back or you can open your eyes and see all heís left. Your heart can be empty because you canít see or hear him or you can be full of the happy memories he has left. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. May he rest in peace.