St Eunan’s College have paid a touching tribute to the late Private Sean Rooney.
Sean was a pupil at the Letterkenny secondary school from 2014 until 2017 and was remembered fondly by staff and pupils today.
The school posted a picture of Sean in his school uniform.
A message with the picture said “St Eunans College is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Sean Rooney.
“The St Eunans College community offer his family and friends our deepest sympathies at this most difficult time.”
Principal of St Eunans College, Mr Damien McCroary, also paid tribute to the late soldier revealing he actually taught him in the school.
“I heard the news originally when the statement from the Defence Forces came out and there are a few past pupils of ours out in Lebanon, so I was hoping and praying that it wouldn’t be one of ours, but unfortunately it came through later this morning that it was and we are just deeply saddened.”
“Sean was a pupil with us in St, Eunan’s College from September 2014 to June 2017. He moved up to Donegal from down South.”
“I taught him myself actually, I had him in my class during his period at the school because I was still teaching at that time and he was just a great student.”
“He had a fantastic personality, he was well known around the place for his good humour and he was well able to talk. He was extremely likeable throughout the school with his peers and the staff and we are just very saddened to hear this news this morning.”
“We extend our condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time for them.”