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Musicians sing the praises of popular Portlaoise drummer following sad passing

The late Alan Ryan

The family of a popular Portlaoise man have been joined by musicians all over the Town and across the county in mourning the passing of Alan Ryan.

The young father would not be forty until his next birthday later this year.

Renowned for his laid back and easy going personality Alan had bravely borne his illness in a dignified and courageous manner.

While music was a big part of his life he was devoted to and lived for his young family and they loved to travel together.

Alan was well known and extremely well liked on the music and entertainment scene and scores of his fellow musicians have been paying tribute tonight and saying what a privilege it was to have played alongside the drummer with his own inimitable style, great sense of humour and friendly smile.

Alan Ryan is most particularly well known for the countless gigs he performed over the years with The Jury, who are such a crowd favourite.

Alan Ryan, of Lime Tree Avenue, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, passed away earlier today, September 19, peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Alan who was affectionately known by close family and friends as Tom, is the dearly loved husband to Kate, and adoring father to Tommy and Lucy.

He is also survived by his loving family, his parents Tommy and Angela; sisters Sharon, Linda, and Tracey; brother Mark, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends.

He will be reposing at his parents’ residence at 7 Beladd, Stradbally Rd., Portlaoise on Friday from 12 noon with rosary at 8pm.

Funeral arriving at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 1pm Requiem Mass on Saturday. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society. Also the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise for which a donation box will be available.

May Alan Rest in Peace.

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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company. He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla - Camper Heaven.