Love him or hate him, you can­not ig­nore Gerry Ryan

Bray People - - View From The Street -

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.

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