Heartbreak as missing University of Limerick student found dead

Heartbreak across UL following the death of German Masters student, Robert Funke, who had been reported missing. 

Robert Funke (23) had been in his first year of studying for a Masters in European Studies when he was reported missing.

The German native was last seen near the university grounds in the Dromroe village area of Castletroy on Sunday, November 5.

Robert had a large circle of friends in UL, who were eager to help in the search for Mr Funke, even organising searches of their own.

Speaking about the tragic loss, Professor Kirsten May, President of the University of Limerick, said: “It is my very sad duty today to inform you of the death of a much-loved member of our community, Robert Funke from Germany who was in his first year of an MA in European Studies.”

A statement issued by the Gardaí read: “Following the discovery of a body on Monday 13th November 2023 on Inis Oírr, Co. Galway, the missing person appeal for Robert Funke has been stood down. 

“An Garda Síochána would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.” 

Robert is survived by his parents, Sebastian and Monika, and his brother Julius.

Limerick Voice send their condolences to Robert’s family, friends, and classmates.

May he rest in peace.

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