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RTE's ridiculous hagiography of Gerry Ryan continues

  • 27-12-2022 5:12pm
    Registered Users Posts: 821 ✭✭✭

    I see his young fella is quoted as saying his dad wasn't like other dads or some other twaddle. That's true but not in the sense he means. My dad didn't for example take illegal drugs in ginormous quantities while using his privileged highly paid public platform to hypocritically preach that those who engaged in the same hobby as him from lower class backgrounds be hung drawn and quartered.

    I am not totally anti-Ryan, when he started out he was a fresh voice, a breath of fresh air which RTE badly needed at the time. The decline seems to have started when he ventured into rubbish like the school around the corner which interestingly enough seems to coincide when the period he started taking cocaine.



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Get a job in RTÉ OP. Start off as a cleaner. Remember to genuflect to Bosco puppets and pictures of Bosco.

    See if you can get to flying the helicopter to work like Gerry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 534 ✭✭✭orourkeda1

    Or as Pat Shortt would say "Sure Lottie Ryan has her daddy's head on her".

  • Registered Users Posts: 534 ✭✭✭orourkeda1

    Hashiography may be more appropriate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,802 ✭✭✭✭Loafing Oaf

    How is this RTE eulogising GR? Rex doesn't work with RTE; he made these comments in an Irish Times interview...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 821 ✭✭✭mazdamiatamx5

    In that case it's even worse than I portrayed it. The entire mainstream meeja's ridiculous hagiography of Gerry Ryan.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,035 ✭✭✭chicorytip

    Some big cokeheads in 2FM back in the day. It must be difficult for his family to deal with. He's no longer around to explain himself, obviously, and nobody can guess whether he was a habitual or occasional user. Cocaine use has become rampant in all strata of Irish society these days, not just among the privileged elite. Any addiction counsellor will tell you this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 821 ✭✭✭mazdamiatamx5

    The difference is...if Johnser from Ballymun said nice things about his deceased oul fella Mickser who did 20 years in the Joy for the same thing as Ryan, it wouldn't be in the media.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 21,341 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ten of Swords

    Post the link op. I want to see the article that has triggered you so much.

    The only ones I can find are one from yesterday in the Sun featuring Lottie Ryan, and one from April featuring Rex Ryan.

    You're not really getting wound up by an article from 8 months ago are you??

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,552 ✭✭✭hynesie08

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,214 ✭✭✭wylo

    Nonsense OP, trying to be annoyed at something where nothing exists, he mentioned his Dad probably isn't like others in so far as usually you'd expect the parents to push the kids to do the responsible thing and get a good well paid stable job etc. His point was that his dad encouraged him to get into acting. "he remembers, “wasn’t like other parents, who would probably tell you to do something sensible. He was urging me towards acting since I was very small. He didn’t give me a choice!” "

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,108 ✭✭✭CGI_Livia_Soprano
    Holding tyrants to the fire

    Gerry Ryan was an incredibly successful broadcaster for RTE, like Gaybo and Tubridy but actually even more so. The ad revenue from Ryan’s radio programme was in the millions annually (source below) thus he earned every single penny of his half a million euro a year salary. His show was enormously popular.

    He was firmly middle class and he talked about his lifestyle but he wasn’t anywhere near as obnoxious about it as people imagine it. People like to denigrate him, as if he was a billionaire scoffing on pheasant and throwing the bones to the riff-raff on the air.

    He was a hypocrite when he would criticise junkies when he was a drug addict himself but people who revel in the hypocrisy and the manner of his death are just as bad as him. Worse if anything, seeing as I don’t have any memory of him showing glee at anyone’s death. I happen to think it’s bad form to celebrate anyone dying for any reason, even if they did commit the unforgivable sin of hypocrisy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,318 ✭✭✭✭briany

    It's a late reg on a windup, looking to provoke bitter debate. It's the Christmas season. Let the man rest peacefully for these few days at least.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,453 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    He was a niche radio broadcaster. Did well in that field.

    every foray into television completely bombed. He had multiple chances…multiple projects and vehicles for his broadcasting know how but his skillset didn’t translate, why ? Who knows…

    he was touted extensively to get the Late Late gig following Gay Byrnes departure but was overlooked. Possibly due to the fact that he had limited to zero current affairs background… and the Late Late is a mishmash of current affairs, and entertainment…

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,608 ✭✭✭maninasia

    He used to like to jet off to nyc to do his show, who paid for that? Handy numbr wah.'I always stay in the Fitzgerald Hotel' Good for you bud.

    Still he was far more talented than Joe Duffy or Turbridy thats no lie.

    His kids get a lot of free medja attentionand also a big lift up in the small media world here. That ain't no lie either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,143 ✭✭✭✭Bobeagleburger

    This thread isn't going to plan OP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,608 ✭✭✭maninasia

    Shur there's no nepotism at allin Irish medja.

    Turbridy looking on nodding sagely.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,609 ✭✭✭growleaves

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,426 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    He was great. Love him or hate him (or both as in my case) he was a talented & clever broadcaster that dealt with topics & exposed issues others wouldn't. The reason media articles appear about his kids is because people read them & that attracts advertising revenue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,985 ✭✭✭MrMusician18

    Back in the day?? Nobody can guess whether he was an habitual or occasional user?!

  • Registered Users Posts: 674 ✭✭✭Sir Galahad

    If his kids are featured on media it's because they put themselves into the spotlight for it. But I forecast that one of his family will have an "RSVP type article" about their home and all the new "Decor" soon. 😉

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  • Registered Users Posts: 674 ✭✭✭Sir Galahad