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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Wexford graduate Cian was in Paris during Charlie Hebdo terror attacks

Cian Ryan at his graduation in Cork with his mother Therese and father Joe.
Cian Ryan at his graduation in Cork with his mother Therese and father Joe.

By David Tucker

a son of Wexford former Mayor Joe Ryan, who was in Paris during the Charlie Hebdo attacks almost two years ago, has just graduated from UCC.

Cian Ryan, the son of the Labour man and schoolteacher Joe and his wife Therese graduated with a BCL in French and Law from UCC and is currently in Paris teaching English.

In January 2015, He was one of the 1.6 million people who marched on the streets of Paris in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in which 17 people were murdered, 12 of them at the satyrical magazine.

'France and Paris were on their knees a few days, now, after the march, they are getting back to normal,' said Cian, who was studying at the time in Paris at the University of Nanterres, a few miles from where the Kouachi brothers killed 12 people at the offices of the magazine.

In the wake of the attacks, Cian and other students were escorted from the library by armed policemen following the discovery of a suspect device there before the all-clear was given, although given the uncertainty about what was going on, it felt anything but safe as policemen in combat gear patrolled the campus and stopped and questioned students, including Cian, about who they were and where were they going.

'No-one knew what was happening, it was worrying. The French were shocked, especially the students,' said 22-year-old Cian, the eldest of five children.

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