Dr Mike Ryan

  • Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation has said that Ireland is doing the right thing with the reopening of schools, and that school administrators and teachers are to be commended on their diligence.

    The Charlestown native said everyone needs to learn to live with the virus, and to take precautions and protections.

    Speaking on national radio today, Dr Mike Ryan said Covid-19 remains a very dangerous disease, but said the rate in Ireland is still pretty good compared to other countries, despite the numbers of Covid-19 cases here having increased.

    When asked about reopening pubs, Dr Ryan said opening any environment is potentially safe, so long as it is done in a safe way, adding that it is not about the pubs themselves but the way in which people behave in them.

    He said that the primary focus must be on containing community transmission, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and hygiene.

  • 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.



  • Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation, and a native of Charlestown, will be among the recipients of 2021 honorary degrees from NUI Galway.

    Dr Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO, has steered responses to lethal disease outbreaks including Covid-19 around the world.

    He's one of 14 people who will be conferred with Honorary Degrees by the Galway university next Summer.

    Also among the recipients are Galway-born composer Eimera Noone - the first female conductor at the Academy Awards, traditional musician Máirtín O'Connor, poet Mary O'Malley, fillm-maker Bob Quinn, and Ronnie O'Gorman - founder and owner of the Galway Advertiser.

    NUI Galway aims to hold the conferring ceremony next Summer, in line with public health guidelines.


  • The World Health Organisation says there could be a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 deaths in the coming weeks.

     It fears a spike in fatalities as the number of cases of the virus grows rapidly.

    There are now more than 11 million cases across the world and over 3 million in the US.

    Charlestown native Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organisation, fears there'll be a jump in coronavirus deaths over the next while.

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland increased by 24 yesterday.

    One more death was recorded from the virus, bringing the total death toll to 1,742.

     The number of cases in Mayo remains unchanged since last Sunday week 28th June at 572.

    There's one new case in Sligo bringing the total to 146.

    Elsewhere, Galway remains on 486 confirmed cases, with 346 in Roscommon and 82 in Leitrim.