Castlebar College of Further Education (CCFE) is closed today as a mark of respect to a much loved colleague and teacher, Dr. Fiachra MacGabhann who has died suddenly.
Dr. MacGabhann of Clonee, Partry and a native of Blackrock, Co. Louth, was a noted Irish scholar. He had put huge work into a recent, much acclaimed, publication 'Placenames of Mayo'.
A married man with three children, he was also a noted musician.
Pupils of Dr. MacGabhann, both past and present have been paying tribute on Facebook to their former teacher and mentor.
They describe him as "talented", "passionate" and "dedicated" with a deep love for Ireland and its culture.
Funeral details are not yet available