Prominent Gaeilogeoir, teacher, traditional singer and Lurgan native Eamon O’Faoigain passes away after a short illness

Eamonn O'Faoigain. INUS teacher
Eamonn O'Faoigain. INUS teacher

A Lurgan man who taught at St Colman’s PS in Lambeg passed away last week after a short illness.

Eamonn O’Faoigain (53) who had worked at the school for 31 years was laid to rest on Sunday. He died on Wednesday after a short illness.

Mr O’Faoigain was a traditional singer, teacher and gaeilogeoir. He was buried at Milltown Cemetery on Sunday. The service was conducted in both in English and Irish at St Mary’s Church in Chapel Lane, Belfast - the same church where Mr O’Faogain sang every Sunday and directed the choir for more than three decades. Mr O’Faoigain represented Ireland at the Lorient Festival with Ceoltoiri Rosa and also sang for the Irish President.

St Colman’s PS spokesperson described him as a ‘gifted, hard-working, selfless and generous teacher’. “He nurtured the individuality of every child he taught. He used his wealth of talents to encourage, motivate and to enrich the lives of everyone.”