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In Trub-ridy Ryan Tubridy reveals how he confronted man on the street who called him a 'f****t'

"I knew I was goosed if he threw a punch. I walked away and was unhappy about it."


RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has revealed how he confronted a man on the street who called him a 'f****t'. 

The RTE host described how the man verbally abused him as he was walking in Dun Laoghaire with his eldest daughter.

The 48-year-old was then further shocked when a second man called him “a virus” shortly afterwards in a separate incident on Monday.

Speaking to his Radio 1 listeners on Tuesday morning, he said: “This is an observation that I’ve been seeing around the place more and more and it came to a little bit of a head yesterday as I was walking through a street in Dun Laoghaire.”

Ryan explained that he was with his daughter “who is very smart and kept a distance” when he was approached by a young guy of about 25 or 26 who “spends a fair bit of time in the gym."

"As he passed by, he said: 'Tubridy, you f****t'.

"I had two things I could do with that, I could stop or keep going and not cause a fuss.

"I think I would have let myself down if I didn't challenge him.

"It was a physical risk because he was a big guy, if you know me, you know I'm not one of those.

"He said that he didn't believe in my beliefs. He squared up to me and it was menacing.

"I knew I was goosed if he threw a punch. I walked away and was unhappy about it.

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"I was sad about it because it is my hometown, everyone is so nice, nearly everywhere I go people are lovely. But I was troubled by this guy."

The RTÉ presenter said he had been in “two minds” about whether to talk about the verbal attacks that happened yesterday, but is too “fed up” not to share.

"Unfortunately on my own doorstep, it's becoming more of a problem with young men in their 20s.

"I want to know what's wrong and what's the problem with these guys."

A second man also gave Tubridy abuse in a separate incident shortly afterwards.

"Within five minutes, having rounded the corner and headed down towards the sea and a different part of Dun Laoghaire, this guy emerged from a particular building, there was weight lifting involved, sad to say.

"He was a bit more closer to my own build.

"He was very young, in his early 20s and started roaring in my face."

Tubridy said this particular young man called him a “virus” and blamed him and other public figures for the troubles in his life.

Ryan said: "When people come up to you, you've got to take it on or you can ignore it.

"I couldn't ignore it.

"The second fellow walked backwards up the street roaring abuse and he was covering his face because I took my phone out.

"I felt he was very menacing."

He added: "Is it something that we have may have done to upset them so much that they feel they can shout at me in the street in broad daylight with my family beside me?

"I had hoped in my naivety that we could talk it out.”

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