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'She will be greatly missed': Family pays tribute as body of missing Irish woman is found in France

Eimear Noonan, 21, died after falling while out running.

THE BODY OF a missing Irish woman has been found in France.

Eimear Noonan, from Co Clare, had been teaching English in Annonay in the south of France. The 21-year-old had been reported missing on Wednesday.

Eimear’s family and friends had appealed for help finding her in recent days.

Her brother Cathal confirmed the tragic news on Facebook last night. “French authorities have now confirmed to us the heartbreaking news that our beloved Eimear died following a fall while running on Wednesday,” he said.

Eimear was a warm, bubbly person who had already made a wide circle of friends [in Annonay] 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.

Cathal said Eimear “will be greatly missed by all who knew her”. He said her family and friends “will be forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received in recent days”.

Cathal also thanked Irish and French authorities and the people of Annonay “for the kindness and compassion they have shown us”. The family has now appealed for privacy.

The Department of Consular Affairs is providing consular assistance.

Read: Irish woman missing in France since Wednesday

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