The Gerry Ryan Show… Milestones of the First Ten Years

Producer Joan Torsney recalls magic milestones which have helped The Gerry Ryan Show become a national institution.

The interview with Lavinia Kerwick.

The pioneering interviews we did on mobile phones.

The woman who told Gerry about everyday life with her transvestite husband who used to watch TV with her while wearing a bra and corset.

Our live broadcast of open heart surgery.

An interview with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens as was) in which he admitted he still liked his old songs and revealed he was invited to appear on Live Aid, but when he showed up was told they'd run out of time.

Barbara Jordan broadcasting a series of emotional and very real reports of the first Irish aid to reach orphanages in Romania.

An interview with Elvis through a spiritualist.

The morning the news broke about Father Brendan Smyth, Gerry spoke to three people who had each been abused by him.

Farmer Mickey Joe's record-breaking attempt to stay underground for six months. He failed by 24 hours after a container of frozen slurry melted and almost drowned him live on air.

The boy ghost that appeared on the show. People still phone to enquire after him and the woman who lived in the house.

Live coverage of The Diceman's (Thom McGinty) funeral.

Broadcasts from the Irish Defence Forces in Southern Lebanon.

Report from the townships of Cape Town, South Africa.

Several interview with Chris Moore, who was dying of cancer. Before she died she recorded her own song 'Life Without You' which went to number one and raised thousands for Cancer Research.

The show's work on behalf of "Baby Aaron" Roberts who was born with half a heart and given only days to live. The show airlifted Aaron to a London hospital where the operation was successful, aided no doubt by a series of Ryan-inspired vigils and prayers on his behalf amid constant rumours of his impending death. Aaron is now hale and hearty and will be four years old next September.

 

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