Micheál Ryan’s life is to be celebrated in a new documentary that broadcasts this week.

From Lahinch, Micheál known to many as Mick was in December posthumously named the Humanitarian of the Year by the Irish Red Cross. On March 10th, 2019, he was travelling from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, several minutes after take-off the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft crashed killing all 157 persons on board.

He dedicated his life to humanitarian work overseas helping people in need in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Liberia, and the world’s largest refugee camp in Myanmar. Mick worked as the deputy chief engineer with the United Nations World Food Programme.

Programme Director with Clare FM, Padraic Flaherty.

On Friday at 11am, Clare FM will broadcast ‘Unsung Hero Mick Ryan’ which looks back at the Clare man’s life. The documentary was produced by Clare FM’s Programme Director, Padraic Flaherty with the support of Mick’s family. President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin (FF) pay tribute to Mick in the documentary.

Naoise Connolly Ryan, Mick’s wife described the documentary as “a wonderful tribute”. She stated, “Padraic seamlessly weaves Mick’s story through conversations with people who knew Mick, to the point that I could believe Padraic met him and knew him too. He captures his character and the love and respect he earned by those who knew him and worked with him down through the years.

“Mick Ryan was a man that made a real difference to people’s lives and deserves to be called one of life’s unsung heroes. This documentary will bring a smile to your face, it will bring a tear to your eye but above all it will make you proud of Mick Ryan, proud of your county and proud to be Irish,” Padraic outlined.

Earlier this year, Flaherty produced ‘Between Worlds, the life story of Mícheál Ó’ Súilleabháin’, which was recently nominated for an IMRO award and follows previous award-winning documentaries “The Rescue” & “Top of the World”.

Related News

river fergus ennis
Plans to be lodged for apartment and retail projects in Ennis town centre
shannon refugees public meeting 28-01-23 dominic haugh 2
'Residents Group must represent entire population of Shannon on asylum seekers'
shannon refugees public meeting 28-01-23 elaine dickson 2
'I won't be bandied a racist' - Chair of Shannon Residents Group says town hasn't services for more refugees
ul hospital ennis
Ennis Hospital staff warn of delayed cancer diagnoses after five weeks of surgery cancellations
MOST READ
Previous
Next

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top
Enable Notifications for the latest news and updates OK No thanks