Sunday 22 September 2019

'A beautiful soul taken before her time' - tributes paid following death of Irish teacher (21) in French town

  • Talented young musician was a 'warm, bubbly person'
  • Family confirm Eimear's death, thank family and friends for support
  • Eimear's death being treated as accidental, autopsy planned
  • Family and friends pay tribute to much-loved young teacher
Young Irish woman Eimear Noonan died in France
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Tributes have been paid to a talented young musician who died in France, where she was working as a teacher.

Eimear Noonan (21) from Co Clare had been missing from her home in the French town of Annonay, France since Wednesday last. On Sunday her devastated family confirmed the news that the young woman had died.

Her brother Cathal said that his sister will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her parents Flan and Mary, her brothers Declan, Michael and Cathal and all her family and friends.

"Eimear was a warm, bubbly person who had already made a wide circle of friends there through her love of music and singing. She graduated last month from UCC with an honours degree in Irish and French, was a talented violinist and to our immense pride was head of UCC orchestra for her final year there," he wrote.

Eimear Noonan
Eimear Noonan

He also said that the family "will be forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received in recent days".

Tributes have flooded in from across the country following the news of the young woman’s unexpected death.

Le Dauphiné libéré a local newspaper, reports that the young teacher likely fell while running.

She was found in a public park and at this point her death is being treated as accidental.

An autopsy is due to take place on Monday or Tuesday to determine the exact cause of death.

A number of groups and friends have paid tribute to the young woman following the sad news.

Chapel Gates Singers Club extended its sympathies to her family, while Clare rugby club Scarrif RFC described the UCC graduate as a “beautiful soul taken long before her time”.

“Our deepest sympathies to our brothers Declan, Michael and Cathal their parents Mary and Flan extended family and friends. Our hearts are heavy with you , RIP Eimear. A beautiful soul taken long before her time,” the club said on their Facebook.

Meanwhile, in a statement UCC said:

"University College Cork wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Eimear Noonan who had graduated so recently from the University."

Parish priest Fr Joe McMahon described the 21-year-old as a "warm, affectionate girl" who "loved France".

He told "It’s awfully sad. It’s going to be a long drawn-out thing. I don’t know how long matters will take in France.

"She was a lovely girl, a warm, affectionate girl. She was a great fiddle player with a great background in trad music, a lovely singer. She was a very warm person to old and young.

"When I last met her she was playing with the choir in church. She wouldn’t be around much but when she was home she would be involved.

"She loved France and the whole family do. They go there a good bit."

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