Ryan Tubridy pays emotional tribute to friend who tragically died from COVID-19

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Ryan Tubridy paid an emotional tribute to a family friend who died from COVID-19 over the weekend, saying he was more than a “statistic”.

The broadcaster responded to figures released by the Department of Health yesterday confirming that 46 more people had died from the killer bug, saying “that’s too many people” to die in one day on a small island.

And he revealed that a friend had lost his dad to the virus on Sunday and was one of many families “bereft and grieving” in the country today.

In a thoughtful tribute, Ryan said: “A friend of ours lost his dad on Sunday. His dad’s name was Pat Sherry.

“Pat Sherry was, like all the 45 other people, a good person, with a name and a face.

“Pat Sherry wasn’t a statistic or a number. He wasn’t just another figure on the news, on the Six One.

“He was a dad, he was a son, he was a husband. He was 75-years-old. He went to Terenure College and he was a respected man of the textile world. In fact, his family set up the Foxford Woolen Mills…a beautiful proud Irish place run by a family in Mayo.”

The Late Late host added that Pat and his wife Ann, who he described as a “gorgeous couple”, who listened to his radio show every morning.

“This morning we have lost a member of this club,” he said.

“I just wanted to say to Anne that we send you our condolences and we send you our love. We are thinking of you today.”

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Tubridy also offered his condolences to the couple’s children, Sarah, Andrew, Richard and David, who he said would “have Ann’s back”.

And he urged people to continue to look after each other even though they can’t physically see each other.

“You can be isolated physically but you should never be isolated socially. That’s a phone call, it’s a text, it’s a WhatsApp. It’s leaving something at someone’s doorstep and saying, ‘I give a damn and I remember you and I’m thinking of you’.”

Source: Celebrity News Ireland