Friday 23 February 2018

'Inspirational' teacher was an organ donor

Friends have paid tribute to 28-year-old Alan Feeley
Friends have paid tribute to 28-year-old Alan Feeley
Alan Feeley (28) collapsed a day after playing football

The Limerick teacher who suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage on Tuesday has helped save more lives through organ donation.

Alan Feeley (28) collapsed on Monday evening, only a day after he had been playing football for Claremorris GAA club.

He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick where he died on Tuesday evening.

Sporting friends uploaded the above video to YouTube on Wednesday as a tribute to Mr Feeley.

Mr Feeley carried an organ donor card and his parents, Willie and Cathleen Feeley, carried out his wish that his organs would help save the lives of others.

Originally from Claremorris in Mayo, Mr Feeley had been working as a PE teacher at Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon, Co Limerick, for the past five years.

School principal Eilis Casey paid tribute to the popular teacher yesterday.

"He was without doubt an inspirational young man, hardworking, a fabulous teacher and excellent athlete and sportsman.

"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," she said.

Sports enthusiast Mr Feeley played with Claremorris GAA club and joined Old Crescent RFC in Limerick during the Summer

Craig Middleton, Claremorris GAA chairman, said Mr Feeley's parents Willie and Kathleen, and his brothers Liam, Hugh and Donal are devastated by his sudden death.

"It is just a shocking, shocking tragedy. They are inconsolable. Alan was an absolute gentleman. He had a huge commitment to his club and his teammates. I was watching him playing football for our senior team on Sunday, not much more than 24 hours later he was no longer here. The whole community is devastated. His teammates are in bits."

Old Crescent RFC in Limerick, where his brother Liam also plays, have postponed this weekend's senior fixtures as a mark of respect. The club's president, Chris Cullinan expressed the club’s deepest sympathies and condolences to Alan’s family.

Doon parish priest Fr Tony Ryan said the community is in mourning. "He was tremendously popular. Everybody is shocked with the news."

Mr Feeley's funeral mass will be held at St Colman's Church, Claremorris, tomorrow at 2.30pm.

By Jason Kennedy and Fiona Ellis

Online Editors

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