This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ciaran Toland, 49 years old, born on June 9, 1971, and passed away on March 26, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Ciaran was a loving and ever so proud father to Elli & Max and incredible partner to Prisca. Ciaran never gave up his courage and hope whilst fighting his battle against cancer with dignity.

A great friend to so many, an avid snowboarder, hiker, mountain biker, golfer, and football player. He enjoyed a quiet pint or two with his friends and family in Derry and also in Dubai, and would tell amazing stories of his adventures. 

In memory of Ciaran and following his wishes, if you would like to donate money please use the following link . This link directs you towards the Al Jalila Foundation donation page. In the messages section you can mention that your much appreciated gift is in memory of Ciaran Toland.

Posted by Wolfgang Heck on July 28, 2022
It is never been late to wish happy birthday to you Ciaran. It's your birthday, but it doesn't feel like it without you having here. You will never been forgotten
Posted by Walid Elassaly on June 9, 2022
Happy Birthday in Heaven Ciaran. You are so much missed , but always remembered.
Posted by Walid Osama on March 28, 2022
Always remembered dear Ciaran. No words can describe how we all miss you, but for sure you are in a better place.

Walid Elassaly
Posted by Prisca Toland on March 28, 2022
As Elli, Max, Skye and I sit in our garden we remember the flowers you loved, your favorite spot underneath the tree, your walk around the Lakes, BBQs on our patio. We continue to be so privileged to have walked this earth with you. We love you so very much. Forever missed ❤️
Posted by Sherif Farag on March 26, 2022
You will be always remembered ciaran , your kindness, care. Optimism,  Missing our coffee together , Rest In Peace my dear friend. May God bless your soul.
Posted by Prisca Toland on February 1, 2022
Everyday is a struggle as life around us has just continued, we are left behind in the disbelief but also the amazing memories. What keeps us going is appreciating the immense privilege it has been to walk along side you for the time we have had. Forever loved and missed. Your Elli, Max and Prisca
Posted by Walid Elassaly on September 16, 2021
Just was thinking of you Ciaran and thought to drop you a word. Hope you are in a better place and heaven is taking good care of you. Always missed my dear friend.
Posted by Jacques Rahi on June 12, 2021
A true loss. Bless your soul on your birthday my dear friend.
Posted by Bradley Kisia on June 12, 2021
Remembering you Ciaran. Rest well. God keep you safe.
Posted by Wolfgang Heck on June 11, 2021
Not a single day passes by that my mind isn’t filled with phenomenal memories of your presence here on earth. On your birthday today, I wish you a sunny day in paradise.
Posted by Sherif Farag on June 10, 2021
Happy Birthday my Dear friend Ciaran , you are truly missed .
Posted by Walid Elassaly on June 9, 2021
Happy birthday my dear friend ❤❤. We miss you Ciaran but always remembering you. Always in our hearts.
Posted by Prisca Toland on June 9, 2021
My Dearest Ciaran, today is your 50th Birthday! I had the absolute privilege to celebrate your 30th and your 40th but today is not a celebration but much rather a remembrance of all of the adventures we got to take. And all these memories are what Elli, Max and I now can look back on with much love but also sorrow. We miss you so incredibly much. We are not sure how to be on June 9th, as this will forever be a day of incredible memories but also a day of immense pain. Your love, warmth, kindness, resilience, power, and laughter will forever be in our hearts and minds. With all of our love and to the best Daddy there ever was. Elli, Max & Prisca and of course Skye!
Posted by Piyal Deb on April 28, 2021
Thank you showing us what great humility, grace and humor, while facing an adversary, looks like. It was an honor working with you. I hope that through our work, we helped you in fighting back, at least a little.
Though we never did manage to meet in person, you and your fighting spirit shall forever be remembered and kept close to heart.
Posted by Chris Jenkins on April 12, 2021

Dear Prisca, Max and Elli

We are so sorry to hear your sad news and send our condolences. We wish you strength during this difficult time and hope the many positive memories and happy experiences will help you during this time of sadness
Our thoughts are with you all.

Rhys 6G and family
Posted by Bradley Kisia on April 11, 2021
Most sincere condolences to the family. So sorry for the passing of Ciaran. May he rest in peace and may God grant the family peace and strength - especially in these very trying days ahead.
Posted by Gavin Moore on April 9, 2021
Thinking of you Prisca, Elli and Max at this devastating time. My sincere condolences to your and Ciaran’s extended family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Posted by Mete , Gorkem Yazman on April 6, 2021

Dear Max,
I am so sorry for your loss. Not having met your father, I still know he must have been a truly amazing person for he raised one of the kindest and most caring people that I have ever met. During these hard times, I am thinking of you and sending you a warm hug.
Love, Your friend Mete

Dear Prisca,
We are extremely sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Gorkem
Posted by Rahul Bhansali on April 6, 2021
My heartfelt condolences goes out to the bereaved family. May the soul rest in peace.
Posted by ankit srivastava on April 6, 2021
May my condolences bring comfort to the family, may our prayers ease the pain of this loss. May the departed soul always rest in peace.

Posted by Marilou Sandique on April 5, 2021
I have known Ciaran as a highly intelligent, lively person with a rare friendliness and charm of personality. A truly genuinely warm and wonderful individual—one we will miss greatly!

You fought a good fight, Ciaran!  Rest in Peace, my dear!

My Deepest condolences to Prisca and to the rest of the family...
Posted by Junaid Maqsood on April 4, 2021

Rest in peace Ciaran, my dear friend, colleague & mentor for more than a decade.
I learned so much from you over the years, above all how to keep smiling in the face of adversity and how to cherish things in life that truly matter.
No words can describe the loss - gone too soon and will be dearly missed, forever. 
My deepest condolences to Prisca, Elli, Max.

Posted by Elaine Porteous on April 2, 2021
From Fintan Mullally
It is difficult to find the words to express sorrow when death comes long before we expect . Ciaran fought the good fight but The Lord called him home to avoid further pain. To Prisca and the children I send greetings from Dublin and I have joined the Toland family in the memorial mass in Derry.  Ciaran safe home may you R.I.P. 
Posted by Stephen Rose on April 1, 2021
Dear Prisca, Elli and Max

It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Ciaran and consider him as my friend.

He had such a wonderfully infectious outlook on life, loaded with (of course) humour, personal philosophy, hope and courage. I so enjoyed listening to him share his perspectives and stories, where we discovered our stories often intersected at different stages over the last 20 years. I also loved listening him talk about you all as the apple of his eye and the centre of his universe. He’s the type of person that always made me think ‘I wish I could be more like this guy.’ I say this in the present tense because I will always carry Ciaran with me, such is his impact on how he made me feel and think.

The loss of Ciaran is so terribly sad and although we can never truly get over the loss of our loved ones, the best of what we remember them by surfaces and we get to be inspired and comforted by them once again.


Posted by Wolfgang Heck on April 1, 2021
I can never forget such a wonderful person like Ciaran; we all know that we should be very happy for all the good times we shared together. I appreciate him so much, much like my brother, because he was always aware of me, of all the things going around. A great person has left us and although he is no longer with us, we will keep his memory in our hearts
Good trip my friend; the Lord will rest your soul

I extend my sympathy wishes and condolences to the family on the loss of the beloved family member. I am deeply saddened with the sudden loss and pray to God to give eternal peace to the departed soul.
Posted by U Z on April 1, 2021
Dear Prisca, dear Elli, dear Max
we are with you and thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
We and our family with Dominik, Timo and Muriel we all keep Ciaran in our hearts. His humor, his laughter, his coolness and his friendship are unforgettable and all these awesome moments we shared together in Dubai, at Schwadernau and at Lenk will remain for ever in our memory.
Our door will always be widely open for you.
Ursula and Beat
Posted by Sandra Neves on March 31, 2021
Dear Prisca,
I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. My deepest condolences to you and your dear family.
It was a pleasure to work with you in Portugal...I've learn so much with both of you. Ciaran will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Eileen Finnerty on March 31, 2021
Dear Prisca,
I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. My deepest condolences to you and your dear family. May the wonderful memories you have shared bring you strength and comfort in the months ahead.
Keeping you in our prayers.
Eileen and Aisling x
Posted by Des Duffy on March 31, 2021
Dear Prisca, Max and Elli I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ciaran and I were classmates at St Columb’s in Derry between 1982 and 1984. He was such an obviously sound and truly decent person who reflected so well on his family. My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and Ciaran’s wider family at this difficult time.
Posted by Tasneem Nakhoda on March 31, 2021
Dear Prisca and Max,

We are so very sorry and extremely sad to hear about Ciaran.
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Tasneem & Zahra 6G
Posted by MANOJ KUMAR MADHAM on March 31, 2021
A great human being with so much to give to everyone around him.. Ciaran's legacy is about that.. his life was an example of what it means to be connected with each other and caring for each other. Truly miss the open chats with all honesty and his genuine concern and affection for people. One of the very few people I have had the pleasure of knowing and connecting so deeply in such a short time. You will always remain in our hearts forever Ciaran.. Lots of love and strength to the family, i cannot even imagine what must be going through all of you, but I am sure that his memories are a source to keep his flame going within you.
Posted by Sarah Nixon on March 31, 2021
Dear Max,
Your friends in 6G are thinking of you at this very sad time. So sorry. Sending lots of love xxx

Dear Prisca,
We are so very sorry to hear this devastating news and send you love and strength from 6G.

Love Sarah & Bailey x
Posted by Pooja Anand on March 31, 2021
My association with Ciaran started in Nokia in 2016 , Since than he was my mentor and guide. The loss is deeply personal as he always used to guide me and our team that the World is your oyster and we will surely succeed in whatever adventures we will take. His trust, motivation helped us to groom and gave us the courage, pride to do things for betterment of Nokia.

Below are his lines , “I believe a healthy work-life balance will ensure we are a happy team, and a happy team is a productive, efficient, motivated and innovative team - that’s what we must strive for as then we are all better off – you as individuals, and  as a company. Win-win!”

So was Ciaran’s Personality and people who have worked with him knows the “Gem of a person he was”

You will be missed Ciaran. My sincere condolence to his family, May all in his family get enough strength to bear the irreparable loss

Rest in Peace Ciaran.

Puja Anand
Posted by Elaine Porteous on March 31, 2021
From Gary Wade
Always, when I think of Ciaran, I think of his headlong embrace of life, of his fidelity to all things true and good and beautiful: family and friendship, the joy to be found in his love for Prisca and his two beautiful children Elli and Max, the pride he took in his Derry home and family, and his commitment to friendships forged in days which now seem, strangely, more close than remote.
For me, memories will be forever attached to St Columbs and the freedom we felt on lunchtime escapes in Christy’s red Audi Quattro, playing the Waterboys, and playing the system, pretending to be buying stock for the Sixth Form shop. Ciaran at the wheel and in control, which he would gradually surrender thirty years later when he faced into the unfairness of life without the faintest self-pity and with concern only for those he loved and who loved him, and whose lives have been so immeasurably enriched because of him. Ciaran’s courage bore witness to that truth in the Book of Wisdom that Length of days is not what makes age honourable. We would all have wished more days for Ciaran. But if his generous courage has taught us anything, it is to savour the days we had with him and to embrace the days ahead in fidelity to all that his life so richly stood for. May God grant him peace and all who loved him serenity.
My sincerest condolences to the family.
Posted by Mohammed Khedr on March 31, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family,
I had the pleasure to know Ciaran and work with him over the past 12 years, 8 of them he was my Manager. Ciaran was a mentor, a friend, a leader, supporting, always smiling.... I can not find enough words to tell how wonderful human being he was.
Rest in peace my dear friend, we all miss you but you will never be forgotten.

Mohammed Khedr
Posted by Graham Watson on March 31, 2021
Deepest condolences to Prisca, Ellie, Max and family
I met Ciaran at University back in 1989 and subsequently shared a flat in Edinburgh with him and several other friends. Ciaran was undoubtedly the life and soul of the party we had during that time. Later he persuaded me and others to travel to Europe and Australia, something which I doubt we would have done otherwise. Definitely some of the best experiences of my life were had during this time (must have been over 10 years in total, and I’ve only been married for slightly longer). Great memories of the massive sun burn incident he had in Australia, the America vs the rest of the world football game in Prague (we won easily despite being drunk – (I think)) the subsequent swimming incident with the clothes ‘mix up’, and the time he almost got me shot trying to infiltrate the army barracks in Edinburgh Castle (I’ve never seen him run so fast).
My stand out tribute to Ciaran is the variety of friends he had which I think is quite rare, but the common thread running through all of his friends was around his great sense of humour and being able to see the funny side in almost everything irrespective of other attitudes to life or backgrounds………….I just wish he’d done the washing up at least once!
All the best Ciaran I’m sure you’re floating around somewhere nice……….
Posted by Elaine Porteous on March 31, 2021
From Ciaron + Marie Nelis
Devastating news. I’ve been a class mate and a friend. This is a sore loss. I have a clock on the wall, it’s travelled well, a gift from Ciaran on our wedding, never been without it! Taste, style, elan. You Sir always have been always will be the star.
My sincerest condolences to Prisca and family.
You were the best of us!

Posted by Elaine Porteous on March 31, 2021
From Maureen Curran
Although I only met a Ciaran on two occasions, he left a very deep impression on me and I know I will never forget him. He was one of those people you could instantly connect with, a beautiful gentle soul and this world won’t be quiet the same without him. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and may his soul rest in Devine peace

Posted by Stephen Boyd on March 30, 2021
Some things in life don't change, and Ciaran's smile is one. All my memories of Ciaran are happy. From meeting him in Downings in his Man U kit, we were as thick as thieves. Struggling to get him up in the mornings, to spending days roaming everywhere, to when we got our driving licences. The trips to Dungannon, and Derry staying with our families were so much fun. I own him so much and I miss him terribly. I only hope Eli and Max think of their father with love and affection, as that is what I see when I think of him.
Posted by Catherine Rowson on March 30, 2021
I always remember Ciaran from Maheen 4 in Dubai, always such a happy, positive upbeat chap to talk too. I remember he said once to me how much he enjoyed the communal garden and watching Max scoot round at 100 miles an hour when he was younger. Thoughts are with you Prisca, Elli and Max. We left in 2016 and I know you’ve had a time of it. I have been checking in with Edel. Sending big hugs from Cookham in the UK. Catherine, Ed, Elias, Max and Victoria xxx

Posted by Cronia McKay on March 30, 2021
Deepest condolences Noaleen, Christy, Pauline, Elaine & Ronan on the passing of your beloved Ciaran. Our families share so many fond memories of happy summers in Downings over the years. We’re heartbroken for you all, and for Prisca, Elli & Max. Rest assured you’ll be in our prayers over the coming days, weeks & months.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh Ciaran.
~ Carrie Conlon & Family xx
Posted by John B on March 30, 2021
Wow - what a great guy. You meet a few people in your life that you feel like you have known forever and they will be a best friend forever. That was Ciaran. Am sure we all felt that way.

People such a Ciaran shouldn't depart early - the world will be a much lesser place. I will never forget you and feel lucky to have known you.
Posted by Lenny Donnelly on March 30, 2021
A true Gentleman, who always wore a smile and made time for everyone. His fighting spirit and dignity throughout his illness was admirable. Someone we could all aspire to and learn from. Rest in Peace Ciaran.

Sincere sympathy and condolences to Noleen, Christy, Ronan, Pauline, Elaine, Prisca, Elli and Max.
From all the Donnelly family.
Posted by Roland Soden-Giles on March 29, 2021
My condolences to your family.
Its been more than 5 years since I moved country and yet remember as if only yesterday of the laughs in every chat we had. As many have written, you gave such positive humour. I will cherish the memories of many morning coffees, laughing before we even sit down.
A legacy of happiness, smiles and laughs remain.
Posted by Tim Tolbert on March 29, 2021
I first met Ciaran back in the Spring of 1998, I was part of the Nokia "pre-rollout" team tasked with working with Orange to quickly build out a new cellular network across Switzerland. In the early days, the project was stressful and always under a time-crunch. Our Nokia team seemed to have an adversarial stance with "the customer" - Orange. In some of those early progress meetings, I met Ciaran for the first time and could see that behind the "targets & deadlines need to be achieved" meeting speak, Ciaran had a heart of gold. Eventually, the Nokia and Orange teams were integrated into one hardworking, fun-loving "team" and I found myself sitting across from Ciaran in the same area of the rollout team at the World Trade Center in Lausanne. He was ready every morning with a smile and "what's the craic" today TT"? We would see each other often on the weekends - the Ciel Bleu was a common meeting spot.

After leaving Switzerland, I was honored to take part in Ciaran's memorable stag weekend on the beautiful west coast of Ireland in the town of Dingle. Ciaran was a fantastic host and fond memories remain of a sloppy round of links golf, non-stop rain, beautiful food, and pints of Guinness along the weekend.

To Prisca, the kids, and the entire extended family, my heartfelt condolences to you all. Ciaran will never be forgotten and may the happy memories that you shared help ease your way as you move forward.

Posted by Donna Sweeney on March 29, 2021

Taken too soon, the Ciaran I had the pleasure of knowing was just an absolute gent, with the warmest heart and smiling twinkly Irish eyes. He was such a great support to have when we moved to Dubai.  Ruby in particular took to him immediately, he was quite the toddler magnet.

Thanks for all the good memories Ciaran. I’m so grateful to have known you. May your spirit soar as high as the laughter we shared.

Heartfelt condolences to Prisca, Elli, Max, Pauline and his family at home in Ireland.

I’m so very very sorry for your loss.

Donna Sweeney

Posted by Mairaj Amin on March 29, 2021
Adieu to a wonderful human being –

Ciaran’s philosophy following his diagnosis was simple – "take life one day at a time and don’t think too far in the future". This kept him motivated and going-on in his long and arduous battle against cancer.

Rest in peace Ciaran – you may be out of sight but never out of our hearts.
Posted by Mark Sweeney on March 29, 2021
It is truly heartbreaking to hear of the passing of my kind and gentle friend CT.
I first heard Ciaran’s dulcet Derry tones beside a photocopier in the World Trade Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland over 20 years ago. I thought this fella is a long way from home. We subsequently realised that Ciaran’s family knew my family very well but it took us to travel to CH to make the connection.
We shared many laughs together and I look back with immense fondness on those happy times. Ciaran had a little shimmy that he did with his hands and hips when dancing and it always made me laugh – still makes me smile just thinking about it.
Pre-Prisca, I have wonderful memories of the time CT and I headed on a sunsail holiday to Turkey together. On the first day, we were both complete novices on the sea and probably set a sailing record for the number of times we capsized the boat. On another occasion, after one particularly exuberant night, we rented an open-top jeep to go to Ephesius. I will never forget Ciaran sleeping like a baby in the front seat when I drove right under a waterspout at a roadside garage. It was a rude awakening from his slumber but CT saw the funny side! Because we were so late getting there, all the tourist buses had already departed and we enjoyed ambiance of the old Roman town pretty much to ourselves. It was a hugely memorable and magical experience.
I feel very privileged to have known such a great guy as CT. He was always very good-natured, empathetic, and inclusive without even having to try. Family and friends were so important to Ciaran and he always maintained an admirable balance between his personal and professional life.
Prisca, Elli, Max, Christy, Noleen, Pauline, Elaine, Ronan and to the entire extended family - I am so sorry for your terrible loss.
CT - you will be sorely missed - You were one of life’s stars and will be making the stars above even brighter with your presence now.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam,
Do chara go deo,
Posted by Alberto Borghesi on March 29, 2021
Ciaran I want to remember you for the amazing person you are, and the ton of jokes you’re able to crack, I’m still laugh about your travels with Prisca and the cat, oh man! the cat!! I will never forget that, and one day we’ll see each other again. 
Posted by abhishek pandita on March 29, 2021
I have such fond memories of him . He liked to start early , would walk in with his brown bag and newspaper tugged under his arms . He had his favourite spot in pantry , the black sofa next to the window with sun beaming on his back where he would read the paper and enjoy his morning coffee . After a few minutes you would see a hive around him with laughter and jokes and it was such a joyful start to work day. I used to sit next to him and remember Elli or max loved to call him to tell their stories and unless he was in an important customer meeting , he would try his best to pick up their phone with the most loveable dad voice. I remember , for very long , he dodged the idea of getting a dog and preferred taking Elli to pet stores until he finally gave in. During summer holidays , his favourite house refurbishment projects will get on and he tried his best to get the work done before family gets back and loved to surprise them. He was a beautiful soul, full of love and empathy . I hope the family finds strength in his memories .Rest in peace Ciaran , we love you.
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Posted by Wolfgang Heck on July 28, 2022
It is never been late to wish happy birthday to you Ciaran. It's your birthday, but it doesn't feel like it without you having here. You will never been forgotten
Posted by Walid Elassaly on June 9, 2022
Happy Birthday in Heaven Ciaran. You are so much missed , but always remembered.
Posted by Walid Osama on March 28, 2022
Always remembered dear Ciaran. No words can describe how we all miss you, but for sure you are in a better place.

Walid Elassaly
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Born on June 9th, 1971 in Derry, Ireland
Primary School St Eugene's 1975-1982
St Columbs College, Derry 1982-1989
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 1989-1993
First Telecom Job with Gordon in Edinburgh 1993 - 1998
Orange Telecom Lausanne 1998
Siemens Portugal
Orange Sweden 
Marriage Ciaran & Prisca 2002, Lausanne Switzerland
Owner of Sega Fredo Cafe & Restaurant
Elli born 2004, Lausanne Switzerland
NOKIA Dubai 2005
Max born 2010, Dubai UAE
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Celebration of Life

Shared by Prisca Toland on April 17, 2021
Ladies and Gentleman,

It is more than a privilege and an honour to be part of such an important ceremony such as this. You are all here today to remember and pay tribute to the amazing life of Ciaran John Toland, much loved partner to Prisca and of course a much loved Dad to his beautiful children, Elli and Max.

As you know, Ciaran sadly passed away here on March 26th, leaving you all engulfed in shock and disbelief.

A life gone far too soon at the age of 49, but not without a fight.

During the coming weeks, Ciaran’s life will be honoured by so many of his friends, his family and colleagues in Ireland and indeed all around the world in so many ways. This evening we shall remember and celebrate the impact Ciaran has had on so many lives. 

This does not pretend to take away any pain or sadness that fills your hearts and souls but the hope is that by celebrating the life of such a man, we will soften that pain, even if just a little. 

Firstly, let us hold a thought for Ciarans Mother and Father, his younger Brother and Sisters and the rest of the family who just cannot be here today. 

Although not here physically, they are with you in heart and in mind right now and will be forever more as the strong family unit that you all are. 

If I may, I have some words to read on behalf of Ciarans parents, Noleen and Christy:

‘Ciaran was our first born. Our pride in him was as great from his first day to his last.

Pride in the life he made in so many places across the world, yet never losing his love of home; pride in the family he has given us in Prisca, Elli & Max.

And so proud that his love for life, for laughter; all his kindness & selflessness, outlasted all.

We wished and prayed for Ciaran's journey to last far longer.  

But short as it was, we are so proud of everything he achieved.  And even more, we are proud of the person he was.

Ciaran will always be our loving eldest child.

Our Ciaran.’

Literally hundreds of Facebook messages and whatsapps have been left and Ciarans whole family want to say thank you to each and every one of you for your kind words. 

Tributes are still coming in on Ciaran's Memorial page. Each one of them will warm your hearts as so many great memories are shared. 

I will have the honour of reading out some of those tributes but before I do, his beautiful little family of his own, Prisca and the children have bravely put together their own words for Ciaran, their Daddy, her Husband:

From Prisca:

As I sat overlooking the Ain Dubai writing this, your favorite view on one of your favorite beaches, a beach we had just celebrated Christmas on, I am struck by the enormity of our loss. 

A million tears have been shed and the pain is immense. You fought one heck of a battle up until the very end. Your hope and perseverance kept us all going. 

I will never forget when I met Ciaran, during a particularly hard winter in Switzerland in 1998, We were told that the big bosses from Orange Headquarters Lausanne, were visiting our little subsidiary to pick up contracts (that we did not have). As we looked out the window out stepped a handsome young Irish man. It is as if it were yesterday, and my life changed forever into an incredible adventure. 

One thing is sure, our bucket list is full of ticks as we went on our travels around the globe. Fun was always the center of our excursions, if it was hiking in the Swiss Mountains, cycling through the Swiss Vineyards tasting the wine, but also travelling to the Ice Hotel, where you proposed amongst the reindeers. 

We were caught in a wicked storm in Vietnam, experienced the bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto whilst singing karaoke with new Japanese friends. We walked the streets of Hong Kong, but also experiencing the real Country Western life in Arizona. Your story telling about our encounter with snakes in Africa, and the Iguana in our bedroom in Chang Mai always made us laugh. 

Visiting the underground scene of Berlin with your cousin Alex, introducing me to the life of caravanning in Downings, France, Italy and Spain. So many trips and so many memories, first just the two of us, and then the three and four of us. Our last big adventure took us through America, and I hope Elli and Max will forgive us one day for the very many miles we did every day, almost running out of fuel on a number of occasions and taking a wrong turn that led us to a maximum security prison “do not pick up hitch-hikers” the sign said. 

We laughed, which we did every day, even through the really tough times. There were many hospital visits during our trips, as you broke your ribs whilst showing off your diving skills in Italy, or an ear infection in Kenya, or having to refill my Mums pills as a Baboon took all her medication, a ski plough ambulance at 2000 meters because of altitude sickness, and  the ER in China Town San Francisco due to an eye infection. But always we laughed, even when the hospital visits became more serious! 

Amongst many things, it will be Ciaran's story telling that I will miss the most. I have had the absolute privilege of walking this earth alongside Ciaran for 21 years, a loving, sensitive, fun, open minded, curious, extremely knowledgeable (Elli and Max have lost track of how many times I would say... go ask your Daddy), resilient, always up for a laugh, risk taker, humble, but most of all my absolute rock. Ciaran would always say “it will be grand” even when it wasn’t. 

We have been in Dubai now for 15 years, and thanks to you we have been able to call this home and live an amazing life. Our little home was constantly being refurbished, most of the time it worked out ok, sometimes it just didn’t (our supposedly grey walls are still blue). I will never forget when we pulled up after a summer in Europe and our toilets and sinks were in the driveway. One thing I can say, you did not shy away from taking risks! 

This evening we are celebrating Ciaran’s life, a life truly lived, filled with so many memories, trips, adventures, experiences, and most importantly friendships and family. 

Ciaran, this is not good-bye but much rather a see you later. 

Elli, Max and I would also like to thank the many friends and family members who have reached out, sent flowers and gifts. A very special thank you goes out to our friends & family here this evening as they rallied around us during these tough times. 

We also thank Dr. Katie at Citihospital who was by our side every step of the way. Ciaran had countless surgeries here in Dubai and in France, countless rounds of Chemo therapy, Radiation therapy, Immunotherapy. No stone was left unturned as Ciaran fought, with a smile! 

A big thank you to the wonderful people at Jumeirah English Speaking School who allowed Max and I to take time off and spend those last few weeks with Ciaran, for the many supportive messages and phone calls, the flowers, as well as the food packages, we are still working through!

A thank you to DIA and DPA for supporting Elli as she is taking her exams, thank you for your kind messages! 

To the many kind folks at NOKIA thank you for your messages and flowers and for your support with the administrative things. 

What lies ahead we do not know… we will be taking every moment as it comes. 

At our wedding I read out a Native American Celebration Poem, so it is only fitting that I now leave you with a Native American Mourning Poem.

I give you this, one thought to keep.

I am with you still, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow, 

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone-

I am with you still, in each new dawn

From Max: 

He wasn't just any father he was the best father there ever was. He always had a way to make me laugh and make me feel better. I loved going to the pool, travelling, flying drones, cycling and much more with my Daddy, and just doing everything with him. I will terribly miss seeing you everyday. 

From Elli:

My dad, the happiest, bravest, strongest, and most loving person on Earth. He has touched every life he came into contact with, he's been a shining beacon right up until the end for everyone he knew. My dad never left his happiness somewhere. I know that everyone will remember him for someone who was just an outstanding person overall. 

I remember my dad would always say, when I wanted to pay for anything for myself, "Whatever makes you happy." The thought that money wasn't an issue or blockade for my happiness taught me so much. It didn't teach me to spend money at any chance, but rather focus on the things that made me happy and stop throwing money at things that don't, just to see if they do.

I love my dad with my whole heart, I miss him even more as every second ticks by, and I'm so thankful he was my dad for I wouldn't have ever wanted another one. I'm blessed to be his daughter and have known him for at least a short time, I hope he is having lots of fun up in heaven blasting Van Morrison songs and playing chess all he wants. He, and his laughter filled jokes will forever be remembered. I love you forever daddy. 

Another important lady in Ciarans life, was his Mother in Law, Rita. Now I know there is always a joke about the relationship between the Son in Law and Mum in Law but truly,its fair to say, they got along pretty well. Rita and Ciaran had a very unique bond as they exchanged  SMS's regularly, Rita always loved reading Ciaran's lovely stories. Rita visited the family at least 3 times a year and also went on family trips spending Christmasses either up in the alps at 2000+ meters or else on the beaches of Dubai or Kenya (where they shared daily pina coladas). Many unforgettable adventures were had. Ciaran is a great loss to Rita. Rita has placed a special candle under Ciaran's favorite tree in Schwadernau and has sent in this message from her heart:

Forever grateful that Ciaran was part of our family and will remain part of us forever. Whoever had the privilege to meet Ciaran knows how joyful and precious a human being he was. You have left us way too soon. Have a good journey my dear Ciaran. 

Love Rita Seif (Nana)

Although 49 years is a short life, he has had an action packed life full of thrills and adventure, continuous learning and change and most importantly love.  Love presents itself in so many forms and a love between men, well, those friendships are very special indeed. We have a couple of lovely recordings sent in from 2 of Ciarans best friends from home in Ireland which we will play for you now.

APPROX 14 Mins of recordings.

If I may just read out some of these tributes from some of his friends and colleagues:

University Friend Matt:

Ciaran was a lovely guy, full of energy and kindness - it’s been a privilege to have known him from university onwards. Lots of great memories and craic, he will be remembered forever. Words cannot describe the awful loss but we wish Prisca, Elli, Max, and the rest of his family all the strength to get through this. 

Love and best wishes 

Matt, Cath, James and Ewan. xxxx

From NOKIA work friend 

Rest in Peace my dear friend, I had the pleasure to work with you since the last 10 years side by side. I will always remember your cheer and joy with your charming laugh. You’ve always shown me how to look things from a different angle and thought how to create the positivity from worst problems. I will miss your friendship and you will never be forgotten. 

Hakan SIR

From ORANGE Switzerland

Dear Prisca,

We are so sad and sorry to read that Ciaran has lost his battle. 

He was one of the nicest people I ever met and I have many fond memories of him.

Helen and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you, Elli and Max.

Thinking of you,

Much love, Nigel

From Franco, a Dubai friend and trusted walking buddy along with Skye

Ciaran is one of the few really close friends I have. 

I admired the love and dedication for his family, his wit and sense of humor (his stories from his life make me laugh to tears), his polite way of approaching others and the elegant way of thinking.

But above all I will be missing his love for real life, his way of living his principles and the time we manage to spend together.


So many memories of Ciaran will stay in my heart forever Like the time we went to South Africa on a bike tour or his 40th birthday party. His unique laughing was contagious, and he always has an amazing story to share. He truly was one of the best person i have ever met, and i feel privileged that he entered in my life and became my friend. I'll will miss him. Stefano 

From Martin Leese, friend, neighbour and football buddy

Friends and family come and go during our lifetime. However, every so often we’re blessed with meeting that one person who will always leave an indelible mark on our own life. 

Ciaran, was one of those people. He was the typical Irishman. Charismatic, Charming and funny all rolled into one. Not to mention a brilliant father and husband to Max, Elli and Prisca. 

I shall miss the times when all the world’s problems were solved over a pint. 

Life can be so cruel at times. All I know that is heaven is a brighter place with Mr Toland residing there! 

Always in our thoughts mate! 

Martin Leese 

Wolfgang Heck

I can never forget such a wonderful person like Ciaran; we all know that we should be very happy for all the good times we shared together. I appreciate him so much, much like my brother, because he was always aware of me, of all the things going around. A great person has left us and although he is no longer with us, we will keep his memory in our hearts

Good trip my friend; the Lord will rest your soul.  I extend my sympathy wishes and condolences to the family on the loss of the beloved family member. I am deeply saddened with the sudden loss and pray to God to give eternal peace to the departed soul.


From Ursula and Beat

Dear Prisca, dear Elli, dear Max,

we are with you and thinking of you in this time of sorrow.

We and our family with Dominik, Timo and Muriel we all keep Ciaran in our hearts. His humor, his laughter, his coolness and his friendship are unforgettable and all these awesome moments we shared together in Dubai, at Schwadernau and at Lenk will remain for ever in our memory.

Our door will always be widely open for you. 

So it seems that Ciaran was a happy go lucky man and you are here doing what he would have loved.

Not too much of a big fuss but just enough to know he mattered for he did matter. He mattered very much to all of you in your own ways.

You are here to show your support for Prisca and his family but also to pay your respects to a man that has been your colleague, your friend, your confidante, your buddy. 

Apparently Ciaran had a pretty good craic amongst friends and I am sure he would want you to continue that craic without him. 

Would Ciaran have been the kind of man that would want you all down in the dumps or would he want you humming your favourite tunes, smiling of his memories as you think of the things he may have taught you, or the fun he may have shared with you?

So, As you ponder that thought under a sunset sky, I am sure you will agree that the sky is gaining another bright star in Ciaran Toland.

He loved his life, but we need to let him go in peace today and he would be very proud of you all for being here, helping us to ‘communicate’ his farewell.

I would just like to share this reading by Frank Brown and hope you can take some comfort from these words:

‘Sometimes, when the sun goes down, It seems it will never rise again...but it will.

Sometimes, when you feel alone,

It seems your heart will break in two...but it won't.

And sometimes, it's hardly worth carrying on...But it is.

For sometimes, when the sun goes down, It seems it will never rise again,

But it does.’                                                                

So Prisca, Elli and Max , take this balloon, hold it tightly for a moment.

If everyone can raise their glass

Into the freedom of the wind and sunshine, 

We let you go,

Into the dance of the stars that shine so brightly at night

We let you go,

We will forever love you, we will forever miss you, and we will forever remember you. Take our love with you. We let you go.  

To Ciaran !!! ( Raise your glass)

In the words of Dr Seuss –‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened’.