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Irish rower dies from fall hours after medal glory

By Ed Carty

Published 10/09/2016

Ailish Sheehan while rowing for Notre Dame
Ailish Sheehan while rowing for Notre Dame

An Irish rower has died from injuries sustained in a fall after winning a medal in the World University Championships.

Ailish Sheehan (23) from Limerick, won bronze in the women's four in Poznan, Poland, last Sunday hours before the accident.

A postgraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London, she had been competing for University of London Boat Club.

Vince Mayne, chief executive of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), said her death was deeply saddening.

"BUCS, British Rowing and Rowing Ireland are providing support to her family during this difficult time and ask for their privacy to be respected," Mr Mayne added.

"On behalf of everyone at BUCS, I wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ailish, and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

It is understood Ms Sheehan's parents and sisters were with her in Poznan when she died.

Rowing Ireland also extended condolences to Ms Sheehan's family and friends.

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