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A star quenched Mourners asked to wear 'colourful, casual clothing' in honour of Carl Dempsey

Carl died after he became ill during an adventure race on Maamturk Mountain in Connemara, Co Galway

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RIP Carl Dempsey

RIP Carl Dempsey

RIP Carl Dempsey

Mourners have been asked to wear “colourful, casual clothing” to the funeral of Carl Dempsey who died after he became ill during an adventure race on Maamturk Mountain in Connemara, Co Galway.

The dad of four daughters will be brought to St Mochonog’s Church, Kilmacanogue, on Thursday morning from his home before burial in the adjoining cemetery.

His death notice on RIP.ie states that “to honour Carl’s character, it is requested that those attending his funeral wear colourful, casual clothing.”

The notice adds that Carl, of Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, passed away on Búcán Mountain, Maamturks, Co Galway on September 11.

“Dearly loved husband of Lorraine, devoted Dad of Rianna, Sadhbh, Freya and Hannah, much loved son of Gerry and Rose, amigo and brother of Brendan and Hazel,” it reads.

“Fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law Ciara, Nadia and Laura-Jane, brothers-in-law Bobby, Fergus and Alan, mother-in-law Kay Belmajdoub, nieces, nephews, godchild Martha, relatives, Salesforce Ohana and a wide circle of adventurers and friends.”

Ms Dempsey, who is the interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland, paid tribute to her husband on Twitter writing: “My heart has been left on the top of Croagh Patrick, never to come down again.

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Carl Dempsey died suddenly while taking part in the Gaelforce race yesterday. Photo: Lorraine Dempsey

Carl Dempsey died suddenly while taking part in the Gaelforce race yesterday. Photo: Lorraine Dempsey

Carl Dempsey died suddenly while taking part in the Gaelforce race yesterday. Photo: Lorraine Dempsey

"I would like to think @carl_dempsey got to the top of the mountain and felt elated before his heart stopped during Gaelforce. Thank you to everyone who tried to keep his heart going. He is gone from us.”

The board of directors and staff of Inclusion Ireland also paid tribute to the cyclist.

Marian McNamara, chairperson of the board of Inclusion Ireland, said: “We are so sorry for the loss of Carl, devoted husband to Lorraine and wonderful Dad to their four daughters: Rianna, Sadhbh, Freya and Hannah.

"We know their community will surround the extended family and friends of Lorraine and Carl in love and support and we also know they will be afforded the privacy they need at this devastating time.”

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Mr Dempsey was the vice president of solution engineering for global company Salesforce.

Chief executive of Salesforce Marc Benioff said he was “deeply shocked” to hear of the passing of his employee.

"Our beloved Carl Dempsey has left us and I am deeply shocked & saddened,” he wrote.

"For 16 years, he guided our Ohana, inspired us, and showed the way forward with his bright light. Carl always had a kind word and a sparkle in his eye. May the one who brings peace bring peace to his family and all.”

Other tributes have flooded in to the condolences section of his RIP.ie page, with one reading: “Deepest Sympathy to all the Dempsey Family on the sudden passing of Carl. You are in our prayers from all of us in the 13th Rathfarnham Scout unit. Carl had great times with us, a true gentleman. May he rest in peace.”

Another adds: “I am so sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was such a kind and generous person with a wonderful zest for life. My deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and many, many friends.

Another remembered a “star quenched at his brightest."

“Carl was a wonderful person who touched every moment and frustration with a smile,” this tribute reads.

“His legacy to us will always be a far better understanding of how to see and encourage the potential in everyone, ourselves included. We are who we are because his smile touched our lives.”

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