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Family 'heartbroken' as Eoin (25) killed in Alps hiking accident


 Eoin Deasy, from Co Cork, died in an accident

Eoin Deasy, from Co Cork, died in an accident

Eoin Deasy, from Co Cork, died in an accident

A YOUNG Irishman has been killed in a freak hiking accident in the Alps.

Teacher Eoin Deasy (25) died after suffering a fall while hiking alone in Liechenstein last Thursday.

His body was recovered on Friday by specialist mountain rescue teams after the alarm was raised by friends when he failed to meet them as arranged.

Mr Deasy was originally from the Boreenmanna Road in Ballinlough, Cork, but 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 working in Switzerland with his girlfriend, Maria, who is also a teacher.

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

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

Mr Deasy was also a keen musician and had written a number of songs for his former Cork-based band. 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 turned out on several occasions for the local GAA team.

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


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

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

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