The mother of a man who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March said her son, Mick Ryan, was always involved in helping others and even as a student, contributed to organisations that helped in the third world.

Christine Ryan said she was always concerned about her son when he worked abroad but she never thought that anything would happen to him.

She told RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke radio programme that no one expected anything to happen to him on his last trip to Addis Ababa.

Christine said that she heard reports of the crash on the morning news and although she knew her son was taking that journey, she put it out of her mind because she reasoned that there would be more than one flight a day on that route.

Ms Ryan travelled to the crash site shortly after the tragedy with her son, Tiernan, because she felt Mick's spirit was still there.

In relation to recent reports that the remains of all of the victims had been found she said it was upsetting to hear that families and embassies had been informed that all remains from the flight had been identified when she had heard no news on the matter.

His wife, Naoise Ryan, said she and Mick had always had a clear vision of what they wanted to do in life and this involved long distance travel and relationships.

Naoise said she heard of the crash when she was at home in Cork after a friend called her from Rome (where Mick had been based and the family had lived for a period in 2017.)

Her first reaction, she said, was 'this can't be Mick.'

However, she added that Mick had sent her a message in the middle of the night to tell her he was boarding the flight and she could see on her phone that a message she had sent to him early that morning had not delivered.

The indications, she said, were that he was on the flight and it was confirmed about an hour later.

Naoise said it was impossible to explain how hard it was to tell her four year old daughter that Mick had died.

She said she couldn't explain how or why, but on the day of the crash her daughter "talked about her daddy all day long."

She said it took her some time to explain to her daughter what had happened.
 

Although the first few months were really tough, Naoise said that her daughter was almost like guide to her.

Naoise and her two children went back to Rome for a few months after the crash where she said her daughter expressed a wish to attend.

Naoise said she decided to go along with this and that it gave them some structure.

She said she felt that Rome was "the beginning and the end' of something and said that Mick was 'around them all the time, telling them to keep going."