'A popular, outgoing and dedicated student' - President of DkIT pays tribute to Ross Hanlon
The President of Dundalk Institute of Technology has expressed his sympathies on the loss of student Ross Hanlon (21) from Athboy in Meath.
Mr Hanlon’s body was found in a canal in Vienna yesterday by police, nearly one week after he had gone missing.
The business student had gone to the Austrian city with friends and was not seen after the early hours of Friday January 19.
In a statement this morning, Dr, Michael Mulvey, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology said: "We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of our student, Ross Hanlon."
A vigil was held on campus last week for him and Dr Mulvey said, "On behalf of the entire Institute, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
He said: "Ross will be missed by all at the Institute and will be remembered as a popular, outgoing and dedicated student."
Mr Mulvey said "Ross’ passing is felt by all on campus, in particular his classmates. We are here to help our students and connect them with resources and support services on campus."
He said the Institute’s confidential counselling service is open to all students and "the Institute’s Chaplaincy and Students Union are also on hand to provide pastoral support."
Mr Hanlon’s brother Craig thanked everybody for their help and support in the last week.
On Facebook he said "Like to thank everyone for the support. We are going to bring Ross home and give him what he deserves we all love you so much and we will see you soon stay strong brother."