Ryan Tubridy to honour Buncrana tragedy pledge

RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy is due to arrive in Buncrana on Monday.
RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy is due to arrive in Buncrana on Monday.

RTE host Ryan Tubridy will honour a pledge he made in the wake of the Buncrana Pier tragedy to broadcast live from the town.

Mr Tubridy and his RTE Radio One crew will be arriving in Inishowen on Sunday, ahead of the live broadcast from Main Street in the town on Monday morning from 9 am to 10 am.

The event is open to the public and will kick off of a series of daily ‘Tubs on Tour on the Wild Atlantic Way’ broadcasts this week.

Tubridy vowed to bring his popular show to Buncrana after five members of the same Derry family lost their lives when the car they were in slid off the pier during a family outing on March 20.

The deaths of Ruth Daniels, her 14-year-old daughter Jodie Lee, her son-in-law Sean McGrotty, and his sons Mark, 12 and Evan 8, left Derry, Donegal and the rest of Ireland stunned .

The only survivor was Mr McGrotty’s four-month old daughter, Rioghnach-Ann, who was rescued from Lough Swilly by local hero Davitt Walsh.

Tubridy confirmed the visit to Inishowen last month while asking listeners on air where they should visit along the west coast of the country.

“Someone suggested that we should go to Buncrana after all that has happened there recently and I can tell you we are definitely going to Buncrana,” he confirmed.

The live broadcast will run from 9am to 10am, and local schools and arts organisations will be among those showcased to the nation.

The shows broadcast along the Wild Atlantic Way this week will feature attractions and hotspots along the Wild Atlantic route and will also showcase local attractions and local talent to a national audience.

During the Donegal visit, the first Wild Atlantic Way and RTE Radio 1 bus - branded from top to toe with Wild Atlantic Way and RTE Radio 1 branding and Ryan’s image - will be unveiled.

After Buncrana, the tour will travel to Strandhill on Tuesday, Clifden in Co. Galway on Wednesday and Kilkee, Co. Clare ,on Thursday.