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Beloved Yes Equality campaigner dies in San Francisco

23-year-old Dean MacCearraín (McCarron), originally from Monaghan, died while visiting the area for his brother’s wedding.

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A 23-YEAR-OLD Monaghan man has died in San Francisco, while visiting the area for his brother’s wedding.

Dean Mac Cearaínn (Dean McCarron) was a graduate of NUI Maynooth, where he held the office of President of the Pride Society, and was a popular and well-known gay rights activist.

In a statement on their Facebook profile, the Maynooth Students Union called him “an individual of incredible talent, creativity, quick-wit, and probably most of all, sass.”

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.

The circumstances surrounding Dean’s death were not known on Friday night, although a spokesperson for the San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner did confirm that a 23-year-old Irish national named Dean McCarron had died.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said they were providing consular assistance to his family.

The performer and activist Panti Bliss this evening shared her condolences with the friends and family of Dean, who appears in the forthcoming documentary Queen of Ireland.

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.

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