The search for missing University of Limerick student Robert Funke has been stood down following the discovery of a body on Inis Oírr on Monday.
The 23-year-old international student from Germany had been missing since Sunday, November 5, and was last seen in the Dromroe Village area at the University of Limerick.
Robert was undertaking an MA in European Studies and had a large group of friends at the university, who undertook searches around the campus and the adjoining areas, with posters being distributed in the city after reports that he was missing.
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Following the extensive search, which included the riverbank along the university, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed the discovery of a body on Inis Oírr, in Galway on Monday, the smallest of the Aran Islands.
Tributes have poured in from classmates and friends of Robert online following the heartbreaking news.
On Friday, the University of Limerick President, Professor Kerstin Mey paid tribute to Robert after the tragic news of his passing, giving her condolences to Robert’s family, classmates, housemates, and friends in Ireland and Germany.
In an email to staff and students, Professor Mey wrote: “It is my very sad duty today to inform you of the death of a much-loved member of our community Robert Funke from Germany who was in his first year of an MA in European Studies.
“Our sincerest condolences go to Robert’s parents, Sebastian and Monika, and to his brother Julius. Our sympathies go out to all of Robert’s classmates and lecturers, to his housemates, friends and fellow UL students.
“We think also of his friends and family in Germany who will be devastated by his loss. Ruhe in Frieden Robert.”
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