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Tragic death of LIT student ‘a source of profound regret and sadness’

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Limerick Institute of Technology is in mourning following the tragic death of one of their students, Michael Pyke, during Hurricane Ophelia.

The 31-year old Tipperary man was clearing fallen trees outside Cahir on the Ardfinnan road at Ballybrado around 12.30pm yesterday when the incident occurred. He was then taken to South Tipperary General Hospital but died from his injuries.

LIT campus will fly their flags at half mast in recognition of Michael Pyke while a book of condolences will be open on their campuses.

Speaking on the death of the student, LIT president Vincent Cunnane noted that such a tragedy is a “source of profound regret and sadness”.

“Micheal was an Electrical Apprentice in LIT. He started his Phase Six studies with us three weeks ago. He had previously completed his Phase Four programme in LIT in 2016. He was known by staff and students here,” Cunnane said.

“We in LIT are a community, and we hope that the sympathy our community feels will act as a support to Michael’s family, friends and work colleagues.

“It is with heartfelt regret that we found that one of our students will not be returning to college. Our thoughts and wishes are with Michael’s family, friends and work colleagues.

“LIT Staff and Student Support Services are currently offering support to Michael’s classmates, and to any other staff and students affected by Michael’s untimely passing.”

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