Thursday 18 July 2019

Fiona lost in bus tragedy in Dubai

Balbriggan is in mourning at the loss of a young and talented teacher who died tragically in a bus crash in Dubai where she was taking a year out to teach in the Emirates.

Fiona Geraghty was just 27-years-old and was 'just a lovely, beautiful girl' according to a close family relative.

The young teacher took a year out of her job at St Molaga's Senior National School in Balbriggan to teach in Dubai.

The bus Fiona was travelling was carrying 31 passengers last Thursday when the crash happened on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Dubai.

As news broke of the tragic accident, Fiona's parents were in Lanzarote where they had been celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and were shattered by the news of their daughter's untimely death.

Fiona's boyfriend survived the crash where 17 people lost their lives.

As well as Fiona's family and friends, the school community at St Molaga's were devestated by the sad news from Dubai.

A statement released by St Molaga's, paid tribute to Fiona.

The school said: 'We learned this morning of the death of Fiona Geraghty, one of our teachers.

'Fiona was on a career break from St Molaga's Senior National School this year.

'She was involved in a traffic accident in Dubai.

'This is a terrible tragedy for Fiona's family, our school and our community.

'We are deeply saddened by the news of her death.'

The school statement continued: 'Fiona was a much-loved member of our staff and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

'She was an enthusiastic, energetic teacher who always got the best from her students.

'She was lively but calm, strong but gentle, innovative but creative in her work and loved by staff and pupils alike.

'Our school has implemented our critical incident management plan.'

Fiona Geraghty was the beloved daughter of Christopher and Mary and sister of David and Robert.

Fiona will be very sadly missed by her loving parents, brothers, partner Fiachra, aunts, uncles, cousins and a very wide circle of friends, teachers and pupils of St. Molaga's National School, Balbriggan and School of Research Science, Dubai. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Fingal Independent