Irish radio to stream live coverage of Gerry Ryan funeral mass

A Dublin rock band has caused outrage after branding deceased radio star Gerry Ryan as ‘just another dead junkie’

The national Irish broadcaster RTE will stream the funeral of the late Gerry Ryan live on the 2FM website along with a live broadcast on the national radio station 2FM.

Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the funeral which will begin at 11.30am tomorrow (5.30 a.m. U.S. time).

Ryan was waked last night at the family home which he shared with his wife Morah and their five children until their separation two years ago.

His remains will be brought to St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf.

Radio chief John MacMahon said RTE decided to do a live stream because "radio was Gerry’s life and we want to pay tribute to that."

St John the Baptist church also layed a major role in Ryan's life.

All five children were baptised there, Gerry married college sweetheart Morah there and the funeral services for Gerry’s parents were also held there in recent years.

RTE canceled normal programing on the two main radio stations amid an outpouring of grief from the public while thousands queued at the Mansion House in Dublin and RTE to sign books of condolence.

More than 100,000 people have viewed tribute film clips created by fans on YouTube.

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