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Motor mouth Lottie Ryan converting dad Gerry's old radio shows to listen to in new car

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Lottie Ryan poses with her Toyota Yaris in Bull Island, Dublin for today's announcement.

Lottie Ryan poses with her Toyota Yaris in Bull Island, Dublin for today's announcement.

Lottie Ryan poses with her Toyota Yaris in Bull Island, Dublin for today's announcement.

LOTTIE Ryan will digitise old recordings of her late dad Gerry so she can listen to him in her new car. 

The 2FM DJ upgraded her 15-year-old Toyota Yaris this week into a brand-new hybrid version.

However, modern technology means that the old tape recording she had of Gerry on the Ryan line are not compatible with the new stereo system.

So, Lottie has vowed to upgrade the tapes to MP4 files so that she can fill her new car with her dad’s wisdom as she drives around Dublin.

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Lottie preferred her Yaris over her dad Gerry's sports car.

Lottie preferred her Yaris over her dad Gerry's sports car.

Lottie preferred her Yaris over her dad Gerry's sports car.

“I used to listen to tapes of dad in the car and I had transferred them over to CD,” she told the Sunday World.

“I have them on CD but I don’t think there is a CD player.

“I will have them upgraded again to my phone so I can play them through Spotify.

“He has gone from cassette to CD and I will have to figure out how to get his voice in to the modern world.

“He bought that car for me and we got it second hand.

“I had many a good, big conversation in that car.

“I went and bought my wedding dress in that car; I had my first date with Fabio in that car.

“If that car could tell stories I would be in trouble.”

Lottie was today unveiled as the new Brand Ambassador for Toyota Long Mile in Dublin 12, Ireland's Hybrid Car Experts.

And she said that unlike her dad Gerry, she had no desire to go for a high spec, gas guzzling motor.

“Dad was a petrol head but sort of later in life,” she said.

“He always drove a Mazda and then later in life he had this midlife crisis and got an Alfa Romeo Spider, much to my mother’s disgust.

“But then he came back and had a couch on wheels in the form of a Lexus.

“He got it together after a bump in the road but the Spider, sure he couldn’t even get in and out of that car.

“I have a new car which is exciting but it is the exact same car, it is just a newer version.

“I am sad to let go of the old car, my little blue Yaris I have ahead for 15 years.

“Strangely on the week I was saying goodbye to it, and feeling weirdly emotional about it, mum sent a message into our WhatsApp group and her car had broken down.

“So now my mum is rocking around in it. I am delighted it is still in the family.”

Lottie and the rest of the Ryan family are looking forward to one final Christmas dinner at the family home in Clontarf.

The house has been put on the market and Lottie says it wouldn't be Christmas without dinner at Morah’s.

However, Christmas will be bitter sweet this year as her 91-year-old Nana won't be able to attend as she is cocooning in her own home.

“We are looking forward to Christmas and hopefully getting to spend it together as a family,” she said.

“Christmas is not Christmas if it is not in my mum’s house.

“So, the plan is to be with her safely. My Nana won’t be with us this year which is horrible and she would have been with us every year and I can’t bear the thought of her being by herself on Christmas day.

“But that’s what we have to do. She is 91 and we have to take care with her.

“The plan is, between me and my other cousins is to arrange drive-by visits for most of the day, and do something for her.

“It is awfully difficult for the elderly and every time I think I have problems., I just think of her and just realise that others have it much worse.”

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