Tributes have been paid to a Cork resident who has been described as a genuine humanitarian, an incredibly brave person and a true friend.
Engineer Michael (Mick) Ryan (39) was yesterday named as one of the 157 victims of the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday morning.
Originally from Lahinch in Co Clare, Mr Ryan had been living in Pope’s Quay in Cork city in recent years with his wife, Naoise, who is originally from Cork, and their two children.
He was among the passengers on the flight that went down in Ethiopia at about 8.45am local time, leaving no survivors.
Mr Ryan was an aid worker and global deputy chief engineer with the United Nations World Food Programme (WPF).
He was also an active member of the Save Cork City campaign.
John Hegarty, of Save Cork City, described Mr Ryan as “an extremely likeable person who had great integrity and inspired people”.
Mr Hegarty said that everyone within the Save Cork City campaign was shocked to hear of Mr Ryan’s tragic death.
“He was a really great guy, very likeable and a great friend.
“Our sympathies go out to his family in Lahinch, particularly his parents, and extended family there, and also to his family in Cork, his wife Naoise and two children.
“It’s tragic for them,” he added.
“He really was an extraordinary person.” Mr Ryan had worked on a number of projects with Cork based company TDR Quantity Surveying Services.
Director of TDR, Dave McCarthy described him as a “clever, caring, funny and thoughtful man”.
He said that Mr Ryan’s desire to help those in need was evident.
“He often talked about Africa, he obviously had a gra for working for the disadvantaged there.
“He was a genuine humanitarian,” said Mr McCarthy “It’s an absolute tragedy; I was really sorry to hear about his passing when we got the call yesterday.
“With two young kids as well, it’s a terrible loss.”
Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr Mick Finn (Ind) extended his condolences to the Ryan family.
He described it as a "tragic loss, a loss at a time when Mick was giving to others overseas in a true Irish tradition.
"I know he was active in several local campaigns also in which he gave his time freely.
"It's a very sad time for his family and friends to whom we extend our sympathies."