| -0.4°C Dublin

sad loss Tributes paid to tragic mother of two Gillian Ryan who went missing on Comeragh mountain running trail

The body of Gillian Ryan (37) from Horse and Jockey village near Thurles, Co Tipperary, was found yesterday after she had been missing since Sunday afternoon.

Close

Gillian Ryan

Gillian Ryan

Gillian Ryan

A running club has paid a heartfelt tribute to a tragic mother of two who died in the Comeragh Mountains.

The body of Gillian Ryan (37) from Horse and Jockey village near Thurles, Co Tipperary, was found yesterday after she had been missing since Sunday afternoon.

This morning, Thurles Crokes Athletic Club posted a tribute on its Facebook page.

"It is with absolute shock and heartbreak that we announce the untimely passing of our beautiful friend and and athlete Gillian,” the club said.

"So full of love and positivity. Running with Gillian made the many miles fly by in laughter and chat.

“Our love, prayers and condolences to her husband Conor, daughter Amelia and son Conor at this time.

“Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam. Xxxx.”

Close

Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Gillian Ryan. Picture: Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Facebook

Ms Ryan was last seen at 12.45pm on Sunday and was due to return from her run along the Coumshingaun Loop trail at 2pm.

However, when her husband Conor did not hear from her, he alerted the emergency services at 3pm.

Ms Ryan had been in constant contact with family members prior to 2pm.

A major search operation was launched and it continued into yesterday.

A body was recovered by mountain rescue and gardaí at around 6.30pm yesterday, close to an area where Ms Ryan had last been seen.

Gardaí believe her death was a tragic accident.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

She was said to be a very experienced runner and was running on a loop trail around Coumshingaun Lake, a popular but steep trail for mountain runners and walkers.

Locals in the tight-knit community just outside the Horse and Jockey village were last night comforting her husband and the couple’s children.

Liz Browne, a South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) spokesperson, said: “About half-a-dozen search parties continued their trawl of gullies along parts of the Comeraghs close to Lake Coumshingaun throughout the day.

“I can confirm that the body of a woman has been found on the Comeragh mountains and the search has stopped.”

The body of Ms Ryan was taken from the mountain last night and was brought to University Hospital Waterford, where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

A searcher at the scene said: “This is not the outcome we wanted for the woman’s family.

“It is very rare that such an awful event like this happens. Our thoughts are with the woman’s husband and family.”

The search had been hampered by low cloud and rough terrain.

Up to 30 highly trained members of mountain rescue teams took part in the search.

SEMRA led the multi-agency search along with Search And Rescue Dog Association Ireland, Rescue 117 of the Irish Coast Guard and local members of the gardaí.

Yesterday, mountain rescue volunteers from other parts of the country joined the search while the Coast Guard helicopter use a heat camera in a bid to locate Ms Ryan.


Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Top Videos





Privacy