A PE teacher and his girlfriend have died in a sand buggy accident in the Middle East.
Eamonn Morgan, who took students at Boldon School, and Charlotte Sant were killed on Saturday when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off a steep incline on sand dunes in Qatar.
They will remain forever in our hearts and we are thinking of their family and friends back home.Chairman of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Qatar, Peter Crowe
Mr Morgan taught at the school from January to July last year and was a pastoral tutor to year 11 students and taught Key Stage 3, GCSE and Btec pupils.
Liverpool John Moores University graduate Mr Morgan, 24, who was originally from Newry, Northern Ireland, and Miss Sant, from Manchester, are understood to have been passengers in the vehicle which overturned.
Two friends who were visiting from Ireland were also injured.
It is not thought that their injuries are life-threatening.
The couple, who met while studying in Liverpool, had taken sports teaching posts at an international school in the country’s capital, Doha city.
The pair were keen Gaelic Football players.
The chairman of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Qatar, Peter Crowe, said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of two of our members, two of our friends, two of our family.
“I had the privilege of playing with Eamonn for the past year, an absolute gent, never to be seen without a smile on his face and the definition of a ‘character’ as we’d say back home.
“I also had the pleasure of training Charlotte for the past year, a sweet girl, who took to a new sport with more enthusiasm than you could ever ask for.
“Eamonn and Charlotte will be sorely missed. “People often don’t realise at home how much of a community can be built away from home, but I can tell you sincerely that Eamonn and Charlotte were very much central to the community that is Qatar GAA, and it will be hard to imagine it without them.
“They will remain forever in our hearts and we are thinking of their family and friends back home.”
A mass will be held tonight at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Barwa, with requests that Qatar GAA colours are worn as a symbol of support.