Irishman killed on Ethiopian Airlines crash had been living in Cork

Irishman killed on Ethiopian Airlines crash had been living in Cork
Mick (Michael ) Ryan, Global Deputy Chief, World Food Programme Engineering 

A CORK resident has been named as one of the 157 victims of the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Engineer Michael (Mick) Ryan, originally from Lahinch in Co Clare but who had been living in Cork city in recent years with his wife, Naoise, and two kids, 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).

Ennistymon parish priest Fr William Cummins said Mr Ryan has been living in Cork city over the last few years but his family were from Clare.

“His mother teaches at the local secondary school and the whole parish is in shock at this news,” he told The Echo.

WPF deputy director Peter Smerdon said: “We can confirm Michael Ryan was one of the people onboard flight ET302. He was based out of WFP headquarters in Rome.

"The thoughts and condolences of everybody at WFP are with those affected by this tragedy. We’re making sure all the families of the victims are contacted before we release any more names. "

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