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Tuesday 12 December 2017

“They were very close, Ruairi was like Eoghan’s shadow” – principal of tragic school boys speaks

Eoghan and Ruairi Chada
Eoghan and Ruairi Chada
Kathleen Chada

The principal of the school which tragic brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada attended has spoken of the “bubbly and bright” duo who were popular with all their classmates.

Michelle Doorley who is principal of Ballinkillen national school said staff and pupils have been left “stunned” following the horrific discovery of their deaths.

Speaking about the personalities of the little boys, Ms Doorley told RTE’s Morning Ireland: “they were very close, Ruairi was like Eoghan’s shadow”.

“They were very clever, bright, took part in everything. They were very popular chaps, great sense of fun, great sense of humour.”

Speaking about them individually, Ms Doorley said: “Ruairi was five, he’d just finished junior infants. He’s a smile you die for. He was bubbly and bright. He was always following his brother around”.

The shocked education professional continued with her tribute to the boys saying Eoghan (10) had just finished third class and was a “solid, bright young chap”.

“They were just two super boys. Lovely characters. They had the whole package. They were lovely to deal with , lovely manners. They’ll be missed by everybody,” she said.

The school which has 113 pupils has implemented a  critical incident plan to help staff and pupils cope with the trauma.

Ms Doorley said: “There’s a great sense of community in our school, everybody will feel this loss. We understand the family needs privacy at this point”.

Trained professionals are on hand to offer counselling and support to adults and children coping with the effects of such a harrowing incident.

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