Saturday 1 October 2016

Missing teacher was 'role model for the community' - priest

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

'Gifted' teacher David McMahon
'Gifted' teacher David McMahon

A young man at the centre of a major search and recovery operation in Clare, which claimed the life of a local volunteer, has been remembered as an "absolutely brilliant young man" and a role model for everyone in his community.

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As friends and family carried out another day of searches for David McMahon from Lissycasey, his local parish priest Fr Joe Hourigan said the entire community was searching and praying for his recovery.

The 33-year-old teacher had only got married last Christmas. His wife Eimear, parents Tony and Margaret and three sisters all travelled to Kilkee again yesterday to continue searches for him.

Fr Hourigan said the family were highly respected members of the community, with the entire village of Lissycasey involved in searches for the missing teacher.

Mr McMahon worked in the Clare Education Centre in Ennis and was deeply involved in the local Lissycasey GAA club where he helped to train some of the younger teams.

"He was just a wonderful young man who was so much a part of the community. Everybody loved him and looked up to him.

"He was a absolutely brilliant young man and a role model for everyone in his community. It's just so sad," added Fr Hourigan.

Mr McMahon has been missing since he left his home in Lissycasey on Friday last.

His wife and family became worried when he failed to return home, make contact or answer his phone.

His car was later found in Kilkee, resulting is a massive search of the area taking place. Over 400 people have joined the search for Mr McMahon; however, they have been hampered by bad weather.

Locals in Lissycasey have rallied to support the family and a Mass for the teacher was held on Sunday night.

Irish Independent

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