The Thai community and the wider Dundalk community were left in a state of shock following the tragic death of an 18-year-old Thai national.
Tributes have poured in for popular Tawan John, a student in his final year at O’Fiach College, and formerly a student of the Marist.
Classmates and friends , and those who had met Tawan expressed their shock at this sudden death.
A common thread in the tributes paid to him was the fact that he was the ‘life and soul’ and an upbeat, easy going young man.
Tragically, his death comes just days before his O’Fiach class graduated on Thursday.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, John Horan, Course Director of Graphic Design at O’Fiach paid tribute to extremely popular student.
“He was a very popular student, both among PLC students and Leaving Cert students at O’Fiach. He had always had a smile for everyone and was very athletic.”
Mr Horan says the school has set up a counselling service for students in the wake of Tawan’s passing.
“His classmates have been left really traumatised by his death, and our thoughts are with them also. They’ve taken it very hard.”
Tawan was planning on returning to Thailand to train as a mechanic.
Reacting to his Mr John’s death, the Thai Irish Foundation stated: “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness in the Thai Irish Foundation for the loss of Tawan John , who passed away yesterday may you RIP. May you take comfort in knowing the angels are watching over you. Thai Ireland wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.”