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Sad loss Funeral of tragic Gillian Ryan, who went missing on Comeragh mountain run, to be held on Saturday

The mother of two's remains were found in a steep gully by rescue teams on Monday

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Gillian Ryan

Gillian Ryan

Gillian Ryan

A mother of two who died while out for a run on the Comeragh mountains is to be laid to rest on Saturday.

Gillian Ryan, 37 from Ashill, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary went missing on Sunday at around 12.45pm close to Coumshingaun Loop trail. Her remains were found in a steep gully above the lake by rescue teams at 6.30pm on Monday.

The alarm was raised when she did not make contact with her husband at 2pm and gardai were called at 3pm. Weather conditions were poor at the time.

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Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Her funeral notice on rip.ie says: “Deeply regretted by her heartbroken family, husband Conor, daughter Amelia Rose, son Conor Jamie, mother Margaret, father Tommy, sister Theresa, brothers Thomas and Colm, mother-in-law Mairead, father-in-law Conor, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law Sean and Fran, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

“Following Government guidelines Gillian’s funeral is private. (The) funeral cortege will leave her residence on Saturday via Two Mile Borris to arrive at the Church of the Assumption, Thurles at 10.30am for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St Peter’s cemetery, Moycarkey.”

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Sonia O’Sullivan has paid tribute to mother-of-two Gillian Ryan

Sonia O’Sullivan has paid tribute to mother-of-two Gillian Ryan

Sonia O’Sullivan has paid tribute to mother-of-two Gillian Ryan

The family also gave special thanks to the emergency services, “for returning Gillian to her grateful family.”

Olympic athletics medalist Sonia O’Sullivan paid tribute to the young woman, who was a member of Thurles Crokes Athletic Club saying, “So sorry and so very sad to hear this news. I met Gillian last year at our running camps in Kerry, so much fun full of energy and loved her running.

“A big fan of our weekly podcast and will be missed by so many in the running community . RIP and condolences to family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) lead the multi-agency search along with Search And Rescue Dog Association Ireland (SADRA), Rescue 117 of the Irish Coast Guard along with the Kerry Mountain Rescue, Dublin and Wicklow search teams and the Glen of Imaal mountain rescuers and Civil Defence volunteers.

In a statement on Wednesday SEMRA said: “(We) would also like to thank all of the individuals, scout troops and walking clubs who offered to join the search and to those individuals, local businesses, communities and our colleagues in mountain rescue teams throughout Ireland who provided or offered valuable support during the operation.

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“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased”.

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