Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore Gerry Ryan
FIRST OF ALL there was the Collins/Dev controversy that turned brother against brother. Then we had Saipan and once again pint drinkers were up-in-arms, as the whole who was right and who was wrong saga ruined age-old friendships that had taken generations to build. And now, a few more years down the line, we have the Gerry Ryan debate.
Long acknowledged as the ‘motormouth of the Irish airwaves’, public opinions on the 2fm DJ are decisive in their divide, You either love him or hate him. If Robbie Williams is the Marmite of popular music, then Gerry is the wireless equivalent.
Recently, and in light of his new book, his face is everywhere. The daily newspapers, the airwaves and even on the box, there is no escaping him. And the criticisms are coming hard and fast. But why he is at the receiving end of such condemnation is puzzling, as he is far from the most obnoxious media monster doing the rounds. Watching the recent Ryan Confidential episode where Gerry had the tables turned on him by Ryan Tubridy one thing sprang to mind however. Why is he in such a rush at this particular moment in time to reveal such intimate details of his life?
With Tubridy, Gerry spoke candidly about his experiences working in television and how he was affected when his show Secrets was panned by the critics and how he was trying to bring a Noel Edmonds-type package to RTE. The problem there is that Noel Edmonds and his humour catered for British taste and at times it can be far removed from an Irish audience’s fancy.
But Gerry did point out that he was more hurt by his recent work on Ryan Confidential being slated and he’s right. It is an excellent show and his ability as an interviewer to relax a guest and get them to open up on air is second to none.
Ultimately Gerry Ryan is a character. He is as much in hate with himself as he is in love and if he wants to rattle on about himself then people should just take it or leave it.
There are plenty more celebrities out there fulfilling their own egos, only with a tad more subtlety. Then subtlety is not a word you might associate with the former School’s Around the Corner host (when is it coming back by the way!). So Gerry well done on being exactly who you want to be and sure the day you do finally decide to shut it, the world will be a less colourful place.
DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER
YOU have got to hand it to him, Lord Henry Mountcharles has pulled another rabbit from the hat. It must be a challenge to keep acts coming to his Slane venue that are guaranteed to have the rock spiders cartwheeling from the ceilings and with this year’s selection, Oasis, h e has provided just the ticket. Back in 1995 while supporting REM, a fresher-faced Liam and co stormed off the stage after someone threw a stone at the lead singer. Growling ‘I don’t want to be blinded by some Irish w****r’, Liam just got the crowd going even more. Thirteen years on, maybe he’s mellowed a bit. Let’s hope to hell not!
CLAP FOR TRAP
SEVEN points out of nine and Trap has us sitting on the Italians’ shoulders going into the next series of World Cup qualifiers. He’s being battered all of a sudden for his selections and while the Andy Reid question will hound him to the end let’s give the man credit for what has done so far. Wait until he loses before the whining starts, God knows we’re well used to that.
Gerry gets a grilling from Ryan Tubridy on his show Ryan Confidential.