THE PRINCIPAL of Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa in Doon has led tributes to a young school teacher who died yesterday evening following a brain haemorrhage.
Alan Feeley, originally from Claremorris in Co Mayo, has been teaching in Doon for the last five years.
It is understood the 28-year-old collapsed while he was in the gym in the University of Limerick on Monday evening. He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick but passed away yesterday.
Principal of Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Eilis Casey, said this Wednesday morning: “It doesn’t make sense... He was without doubt an inspirational young man, hardworking, a fabulous teacher and excellent athlete and sportsman.”
Mr Feeley played with the Old Crescent RFC thirds team in Limerick, and also played football with Claremorris GAA club.
“We are very sad and extremely saddened for his mum and dad, his brothers and his girlfriend. Our grief is a shade compared to theirs today,” said Ms Casey.
Mr Feeley taught PE and geography and Ms Casey said he was a “popular” teacher.
“As a teacher he was very innovative and PE was so enjoyable for the girls. He was very popular. There was an ease and calmness about him,” said Ms Casey, who recalled that he coached pupils to a Munster Gaelic football title last year. He also introduced spikeball to the school and brought them to two All-Ireland finals.
Mr Feeley and Ms Casey started on the same day in what was then St Joseph’s Secondary School.
“Straight away you could see his outstanding qualities of determination and leadership. As a practitioner of his subjects - PE and geography - he was outstanding,” said Ms Casey.
On behalf of staff, pupils, board of management, trustees and of everyone connected to Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Ms Casey extended their sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Feeley.
One of the school’s pupils, Colin Ryan “Malachy” - the Limerick goalkeeper on the Munster minor winning said on Twitter: “Shocking news, RIP Alan Feeley you’ll be sadly missed - too young”.
No funeral arrangements have been announced to date.
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