Tuesday 24 October 2017

Body of Irish pilgrim (79) discovered in Italy

The man was enjoying a walking tour in Italy when the tragedy happened Photo: Deposit
The man was enjoying a walking tour in Italy when the tragedy happened Photo: Deposit

Kathy Armstrong and Sasha Brady

An elderly Irishman has died during a pilgrimage in Italy.

The man (79) was reportedly undertaking the 550km Way of Assisi trek from Florence to Rome when he didn't arrive at the farmhouse he had booked to stay in in Modigliana, near Bologna on Wednesday evening.

According to local newspaper, Forli Today, the alarm was raised at 9.30pm and firefighters and police immediately began to search for the man.

They were forced to stop when it got dark but started looking again at first light on Thursday morning.

The man's remains were discovered on Thursday night at 10.30pm at the bottom of a cliff, near Monte Forcella,

Italian police are investigating his death and have said the man may have died from a "sudden illness" although they haven't ruled out the possibility that he could have lost his balance in strong winds.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Independent.ie that they are aware of the case and are providing consular assistance.

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