Thousands of people have paid tribute to Monaghan man Dean MacCearaín (23) who passed away recently. Dean was a well know character around Monaghan and a strong advocate and campaigner for LGBT rights. While he was in college in Maynooth University he was an active participant in campus life and became president of the Pride Society.
It’s understood Dean passed away while on holidays with family in San Francisco. It’s not known the cause of death but according to the Independant.ie there is no indication of foul play.
Panti Bliss writes
“The young man in this picture is Dean MacCearain. I didn’t know Dean very well, but he features prominently in a lovely scene in ‘The Queen Of Ireland’, while celebrating the result of the Marriage Equality referendum. One of the film’s producers had to track him down afterwards and ask his permission to use the clip in the film, and he was excited and proud to be in it.
Today we learned the shocking news that Dean passed away this week while in San Francisco with his family. We didn’t know Dean very well, but we didn’t need to know him very well to know he was a smart, quick-witted, funny, charming young man. The thoughts and deepest condolences of everyone involved in the film are with his family, his many friends, and his former classmates at Manooth University where he was a former president of the Pride Society and a much loved drag star. Which came as no surprise to us. We could tell immediately he was a star. x“
Maynooth Student Union writes
“MSU cannot find the words to express our regret at the loss of one of our stellar former students, Dean MacCearaín.
Dean was an individual of incredible talent, creativity, quick-wit and probably most of all….sass. heart emoticon He was a legend.
Former President of our Pride Society, a beloved resident Drag Queen, a friend to so many, and not least of all a total character to everyone he met in his whirl-wind adventures and stories along the way, Dean was also a key student campaigner in the recent Marriage Equality referendum, and on so many student and community issues before that. He wanted to make the world around him a better place.
Dean passed away while visiting the states with his family, and further details will be known soon, which once we have them, we will share. On behalf of all our students, we want to convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to his family home and abroad, his many friends, and his former classmates here in Maynooth.
This evening we are in Meeting Rooms 3&4 with our Welfare Officer Síona and our College Chaplain, Shay. Anyone who wants to come up is more than welcome. xoxo
He won’t be forgotten.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-Anam.”