Fatal stabbing victim was due to play rugby match tonight; tributes paid to sports star Cameron

Fatal stabbing victim was due to play rugby match tonight; tributes paid to sports star Cameron
Cameron Blair in 2018. Pic: Gavin Browne

CAMERON Blair was scheduled to line out with Bandon rugby club's second team in a league match tonight.

In a statement, the president of the club, Dan Murphy, said he was a very popular club member and player.

He said: "It is with great sadness that we at Bandon Rugby Club learn this morning of the untimely passing of one of our members Cameron Blair. Such a tragedy will be felt far and wide but will be felt really deeply within our Club where Cameron was a very popular member and current player. Indeed he was scheduled to play with our second team tonight in a league match."

He added: "Cameron’s boyish smile and joy of life left a real indelible mark on anyone he met or any team he played on. He played as he spoke, full of confidence, and was a delight to see running at full tilt with a rugby ball."

He said the thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies of the club's members are with Cameron's family.

Cameron was from Ballinascarthy and was a second year student of chemical engineering at Cork Institute of Technology.

Bishop and CIT president pay tribute

THE death of stabbing victim Cameron Blair from west Cork has shocked everyone in Cork and further afield, according to the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Cameron was from Ballinascarthy and was a second-year student of chemical engineering at Cork Institute of Technology

Dr Paul Colton this morning said he had confirmed the 20-year-old athlete and rugby player in St Peter's Church in Bandon in 2013.

He said he had last night tweeted about his horror about the unfolding tragedy on Bandon Road, just a short distance from Bishop Colton's own home.

Garda forensics onsite at the scene of the stabbing Bandon Road today. Pic: Sarah O'Dwyer.
Garda forensics onsite at the scene of the stabbing Bandon Road today. Pic: Sarah O'Dwyer.

In a statement this morning, he said: “I now know, this morning, that he was Cameron Blair, a young person from this Church of Ireland Diocese, who attended Bandon Grammar School, and who was confirmed by me in 2013 in Saint Peter’s Church, Bandon. He was well-known in his local community, including as a rugby player and athlete.” He added: “My wife Susan and I share the shock of everyone who lives in this neighbourhood, particularly the student community who are so much at the heart of this area.

"Having had student children myself, I know well that a calamity such as this on a night out is every parent’s worst nightmare.” 

He said his heart goes out to the family of the CIT student, friends and peers, who died at Cork University Hospital after receiving a stab wound to the neck.

He concluded: “I know everyone in Cork and further afield is terribly shocked by Cameron’s death. On behalf of everyone living in this part of Cork, and on behalf of us all in the Church of Ireland community in Cork, Cloyne and Ross I send them our sincerest condolences.”

This morning, the president of Cork Institute of Technology, Dr Barry O'Connor, said Cameron was a valued member of the institute's community.

He said: "The entire CIT community is in shock at the untimely death of one of our students and in such dreadful circumstances. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased who was a valued member of our CIT community."

He added the second-semester lectures at the campus have not yet gotten underway. But he said that counselling "and other necessary supports" will be put in place at CIT for the students, including his classmates.

He continued: "We are also working in close cooperation with our CIT Students’ Union to help students cope with this terrible tragedy. I am confident that our UCC colleagues will also be putting supports in place for their students who are also traumatised by this fatality."

Cameron was someone who was always smiling and was a great person to be around.

That is according to the president of the students union at Cork Institute of Technology, Aaron Buckley.

Mr Buckley said: “I had the pleasure of getting to know Cameron over the last 18 months, he was always smiling and always a great person to be around. Counselling and other necessary supports will be made available to any of his peers or classmates at this incredibly difficult time.” He urged students to contact suwelfare@cit.ie or supresident@cit.ie “if there is anything at all we can help with at this awful time”.

And he said: “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and many friends at this time. Cameron was a valued member of the CIT community and his death will be felt greatly by everyone who knew him.” Meanwhile, the UCC flag is at half-mast today as a mark of respect to the 20-year-old.

Bandon Athletics Club, of which Cameron was a member, said n a statement this morning: "He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam".

A friend of the young student said on social media: "Cameron Blair, one of the nicest and most genuine boys you’ll ever meet." He added:"Rest easy my man. I’m absolutely heart broken for you"


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