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Tragedy as wife drowns

Woman was holidaying in villa with ex

AN IRISHWOMAN has been found dead in a drowning tragedy while on holiday in Portugal.

Ava Dinan (50) had been holidaying with her ex-husband in Budens at the time of the accident on Wednesday night.

Anthony Dinan owns the villa on the Algarve golfing resort where the tragedy occurred.

Mr Dinan (64) is a well known businessman and the former head of the Irish Examiner newspaper group.

A spokesperson for the Parque da Floresta Leisure Resort described the incident as a "tragic accident".

"The Vigia Group's staff and management extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Dinan," she said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said last night that it had not yet been asked to provide consular assistance.

Mr Dinan lives in Crosshaven in Co Cork. His son Stephen is a sub-editor at the Evening Echo paper there, and his daughter Aoife runs a beautician salon in the town.

Mr Dinan is the former managing director of Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH), owners of the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo newspapers.

He retired as managing director in 2010 but in May last year he joined the Cork News newspaper as advisory chairman.

In a statement the newspaper said: "The management and staff of Cork News and Media wish to express their deepest sympathies to our esteemed colleague and friend Anthony Dinan and to his family on the tragic passing of Ava Dinan.

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time."

Vilamoura, where the pair were staying, is one of the largest single tourist complexes in Europe. It covers around 2,000 hectares and is a popular resort with Irish visitors.

The family is expected to make arrangements for the repatriation of Mrs Dinan's remains in the coming days.