Grief for UL student who collapsed and died delivering final-year presentation

A book of condolence has been opened at the University of Limerick for a 22-year-old student who collapsed and died on the second last day of her final year at college.

Rachael Hogan, from Castleville, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick, was giving her final year presentation in a lecture hall in the Kemmy Business School at UL, when she began to feel unwell at around 12.30pm yesterday.

The University doctor was on the scene within minutes while the ambulance was called immediately.

Rachael's parents Michael and Ann, who live nearby, arrived at the scene and were present while their youngest daughter was being tended to.

Tragically, efforts to resuscitate her proved unsuccessful and the 22-year-old was taken to University Hospital Limerick where she was pronounced dead at around 2pm yesterday.

A post mortem was carried out last night to determine the cause of death.

Devastated students today left messages in a book of condolence opened in the reception area of the student centre at UL.

In a statement issued this morning, Dr Bernard Walsh, Director of Student Affairs said: "It is with great shock and sadness that we have been informed of the death of one of our students Rachel Hogan, Castletroy, Co Limerick 4th Yr B. Business Studies."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Rachel’s family, friends and fellow students at this very sad and extremely difficult time."

Details of funeral arrangements are expected to be confirmed later today.

The youngest of three children, Rachael went to school at Castletroy College before she went on to study for her business degree at UL.

Today was due to be her last day of lectures before final exams commence in a few weeks.

The 22-year-old is survived by her heartbroken parents Michael and Ann and her two older sister Sarah and Noelle.

Classmates who witnessed the tragedy are said to be devastated.

A UL spokesperson confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the tragic incident.

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