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Monday 11 December 2017

Family tribute to 'remarkable man' killed in hiking accident

Eoin Deasy
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Irish teacher who died in a freak hiking accident in the Swiss Alps.

Eoin Deasy (25) died after suffering a fall while hiking alone in the Ratikon mountain range in Liechenstein last Thursday.

The body was recovered on Friday by specialist mountain rescue teams.

The alarm was raised by friends after he failed to meet them for a pre-arranged appointment.

The young man was originally from the Boreenmanna Road in Ballinlough, Cork, but had moved to Switzerland two years ago.

He was working as a teacher in the prestigious Rosenberg Institute which is situated in the St Gallen area.

He was living in Switzerland with his girlfriend, Maria, who is also a teacher.

The Deasy family said they were heartbroken by the tragedy and described him as "a remarkable young man".

They said the keen sports and outdoor fan had "achieved more in his short life than most people could dream of".

His family said they would mostly remember him by his ready smile.

"When he spoke to you, your heart smiled," the family said.

Mr Deasy was also an accomplished musician and had written a number of songs for his former Cork-based band.

Since qualifying as a teacher, he had opted to travel extensively.

He had travelled through the Sahara as well as parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

Friends said that he loved his job in St Gallen, which is one of the most picturesque areas of the Alps.

He had become involved in the local Irish community and had even turned out on several occasions for the local Swiss GAA team.

Mr Deasy took his fitness very seriously and, in his teens, had been a talented athlete with Leevale AC in Cork.

Mr Deasy was a former student at Colaiste Chriost Ri and had returned to his former school as a qualified teacher.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Maria, his parents, Michael and Patsy, his siblings, Cormac and Aisling and his grandparents, Mary and Flor.

The Deasy family said they were deeply indebted to the Swiss and Liechtenstein rescue services and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Irish Independent

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