Bar of Ireland Human Rights Award

  • Charlestown native Dr Mike Ryan is to be awarded the Bar of Ireland Human Rights Award tomorrow (Thursday).

    Dr Ryan has become a well-known figure since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic through his work as executive director of the World Health Organisation's Health Emergencies Programme.

    The award will be presented virtually, in recognition of his tireless work and leadership in the field of public health.

    Past winners of this award from the Bar of Ireland include Tuam historian Catherine Corless and the Irish Naval Service.

    Dr Mike Ryan, who's from Curry and grew up in Charlestown, is a former trauma surgeon and epidemiologist specialising in infectious disease and public health.

    In his position with the WHO, he leads the team responsible for the international containment and treatment of Covid-19.