The late Emmet Blain.
The funeral of the young Donegal teacher who died tragically in the United Arab Emirates at the weekend will take place on Saturday in his native Mountcharles.
Emmet Blain died after falling from a balcony or roof at his home in the town of Sharjah, north of Dubai, where he had been teaching.
He had only travelled to the country last year to find work.
Mr Blain had taught in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal town and St Eunan's College in Letterkenny before travelling abroad.
The woodwork teacher was a former student of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal town.
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.
The Principal of the Abbey Vocational School, Geraldine Diver said: "The staff of the Abbey Vocational School are deeply saddened by the news of Emmet's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his grieving family and friends at this very sad time.
"Emmet was a past pupil of the school and went on to be a teacher of woodwork."
Ms Diver added: "When Emmet subbed in the school we found him to be very willing to engage with other staff and help out in any way possible.”
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 Emmet Blain. Emmet 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 Emmet,” it said.
Fall at home
It is understood Mr Blain taught in a girls school in Sharjah which, about 40km from Dubai, and was highly respected and well thought of among teachers in the school.
He had been out with a few of his friends earlier in the evening on Friday but decided to go home early as he had plans for St. Patrick's Day.
On arrival home, he was gaining access to the house when the accident happened.
Emmet is survived by his parents Bridie and Sean, brother Gary and sister Jennifer.
His remains are due to arrive at Dublin airport this morning and will be reposing at his late residence tomorrow from 11 am.
Removal from there on Saturday morning going to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mountcharles for 10 am funeral Mass, with burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.
A one-way system will operate at the wake, with entry at Mountcharles Village opposite the green pump and exit at the Glen on the Mountcharles to Donegal Road.
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