Date: 10th September 2000
A Wealthy Irish farmer has spoken of his love for actor OLIVER REED's widow JOSEPHINE.
Bachelor WALTER RYAN-PURCELL never actually met GLADIATOR star Reed - who died whilst filming in Malta last year (99). He says, "We've been together a few months and are very happy. We met through mutual friends. Josephine is a wonderful person. We both live near the same village and have interests in common." He adds,"I didn't know either Josephine or Ollie. I didn't know Josephine until we met through friends a few months ago. One never knows what will happen. I don't want to talk too much about our relationship because it is personal."
Walter lives in an historic family home where he runs a self-catering tourist resort in the grounds.