Tributes paid to Donegal teacher, Emmett Blain

Mountcharles man died in balcony tragedy in Dubai

Matt Britton


Matt Britton


Donegal teacher, Emmett Blain

Emmett Blain

A Donegal teacher who died after falling from a balcony in Dubai had only traveled there last year to find work.

Emmett Blain died following the tragedy on Friday night.

The popular young teacher, who was in his 20s, had taught in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal town and St Eunan's College in Letterkenny before travelling abroad.

Mr Blain was originally from Mountcharles.  He was a member of the local St Naul’s GAA club, playing with their reserve side, and a nephew of Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winner Noel Hegarty.

St Naul’s club secretary, Mary Coughlan said, “He was a really lovely person and a wonderful footballer.

“All at the club would like to express our sorrow and regret at his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed by all at the club and in the community.”

St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny  issued a statement on its Facebook page. “Everybody in Saint Eunan’s College would like to send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Emmett Blain. Emmett was well liked in the classroom and a great character in the staff room - he will be remembered fondly by everybody who met him. Rest in Peace Emmett,” it said.

Mr. Blain's family are being assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Irish Embassy in Dubai is also liaising with his family and are making arrangements to have his remains flown home to Ireland.

Local police have launched a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Blain’s death.