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Funeral to take place for Derry teacher who died in cycling accident in United Arab Emirates

The funeral of Derry teacher Caina Healey (35), who died after she was struck by a car while out cycling in the United Arab Emirates, will take place on Friday
The funeral of Derry teacher Caina Healey (35), who died after she was struck by a car while out cycling in the United Arab Emirates, will take place on Friday The funeral of Derry teacher Caina Healey (35), who died after she was struck by a car while out cycling in the United Arab Emirates, will take place on Friday

The funeral of a Derry teacher who died after she was struck by a car while out cycling in the United Arab Emirates will take place on Friday.

Athlete Caina Healey( 35) was involved in the cycling accident in Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi last Wednesday.

The young woman had lived in the Middle East for several years and was a PE teacher at Amity International School.

Ms Healey was well known in the Abu Dhabi triathlon scene and had qualified to represent the UAE in the half Ironman World Championships in Finland later this year.

She was also an accomplished swimmer, Irish dancer and football player.

Following the tragedy, the Irish Embassy in the UAE posted on Twitter to say: "We are devastated by the loss of a dear member of our community in Abu Dhabi, Caina Healey. An incredible athlete, a caring teacher and a loving friend to many. Caina was a shining light that left us far too soon".

Principal Adrian Frost said Ms Healy "had an immense impact on the lives of her students and colleagues".

"Many of her students attribute their achievements, their character and their values to the instruction and coaching that they received from her," he said.

Another tribute from Tri Belles, the UAE’s first all female triathlon community, said Caina "was at the heart of the Tri Belles, both on and off the course.

"She was the sort of person you could always rely on if you were looking for a training partner or if you needed help.

"Caina showed up for our community in so many ways. She volunteered, cheered, hosted sessions at training weekends, loved a social and raced wearing our colours proudly, all with that infectious smile and the best laugh.

"Caina was kind and thoughtful and also extremely humble. She never let on how talented she was or took herself too seriously, instead letting the results speak for themselves.

"Sport was her passion and she made a successful career out of it; we know Amity International School and her pupils are feeling this loss just as much as we are".

Requiem Mass for Caina Healey will take place on Friday at 10am at St Eugene's Cathedral.

Burial will take place afterwards in the City Cemetery.