Heartbreaking tributes are pouring out following the sudden death of young Derry teacher who was hit by a car in the United Arab Emirates
TRIBUTE has come in for a young teacher from Derry following her sudden death while cycling to work in the United Arab Emirates.
Caina Healey, 35, was hit by a car while cycling to work in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday morning.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, but she was pronounced dead.
She was known for her athletics and worked as a physical education teacher at Amity International School.
Principal Adrian Frost told the Independent: “Caina has had an immense impact on the lives of her students and colleagues.
“Many of her students attribute their achievements, character and values to the teaching and coaching they received from her.”
Caina was a former pupil of St Cecilia’s College, Derry, who ‘lived the school motto’ every day.
They said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of former student Caina Healey.
“Caina was a popular student who lived the school motto every day.
“An avid athlete, she proudly represented the school in swimming, running and triathlon.
“As an educator and athlete, she has touched the hearts of many, including ours.
“On behalf of the entire school community, we extend our condolences to her family and friends as they navigate this very difficult time. May her gentle soul rest in peace.”
The beloved teacher was also a member of several sports groups, including the Al Reef group and the TriBelles.
The Abu Dhabi Na Fianna GAA Club said the 35-year-old is a “beloved member of the Irish community” in Abu Dhabi.
They wrote: “The club would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Caina Healey who tragically passed away this week.
“Caina was a beloved member of the Irish community here in Abu Dhabi. Na Fianna had the pleasure of having Caina at our club for last week’s championship.
“If a friend or family member needs anything from the club during this difficult time, we are here to help.
“Suaimhneas síoraí d’anam Caina. Go gheobhadh sí an leaba is fear ar neamh.”
Tri Belles, the UAE’s first all-female triathlon community, remembered her as kind, thoughtful and extremely humble.
They said: “Our girl gang is completely devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of Caina Healey this week.
“Caina was the heart of the Tri Belles, both on and off the court.
“She was the kind of person you could always count on when you were looking for a training partner or needed help.
“Caina has shown up for our community in so many ways.
“She volunteered, cheered, moderated sessions on training weekends, loved socializing and proudly raced in our colors, all with that infectious smile and BEST laugh.”
They added, “She never let on how talented she was or took herself too seriously, just letting the results speak for themselves.”
The UAE Irish Embassy said Caina was a “shining light”.
They said: “We are devastated by the loss of a dear member of our community in Abu Dhabi, Caina Healey.
“An incredible athlete, caring teacher and loving friend to many in the 🇦🇪.
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“Caina was a shining light who left us far too soon.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.”