Sarah Fagan death: Pharmacist from Dundalk died while participating in Alp D’Huez French triathlon


 Sarah Fagan a Pharmacist from Dundalk died while participating in the Alp D'Huez French triathlon
Sarah Fagan a Pharmacist from Dundalk died while participating in the Alp D’Huez French triathlon (Source: Byrnes Church Street)


Local media have identified the woman from Co. Louth who passed away after competing in a triathlon in southeast France as Sarah Fagan of Mount Pleasant, Dundalk. Sarah Fagan’s presence and love will be deeply missed, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew her.

As her loved ones grapple with the immense loss, they will hold onto the cherished memories of a woman who left a lasting impression on the lives she touched. Here’s what we know everything about Sarah Fagan’s death.

Sarah Fagan dies after competing in the French triathlon

In Lake Verney on Friday, Sarah Fagan from Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, was discovered unconscious. After competing in a triathlon in southeast France, a woman from Louth has passed away.

The woman, who traveled to France with other competitors from Louth for the race, was found unconscious in Lake Verney in the community of Allemon on Friday while the swimming portion of the race was taking place.

What happened to the beloved Pharmacist?

Locally, Sarah Fagan from Mountpleasant, Dundalk, has been identified as the woman from Co. Louth who passed away following her participation in a triathlon in the southeast of France.

In the village of Allemon, where the swimming portion of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was taking place on Friday, Ms. Fagan, a contestant, was discovered unconscious in Lake Verney.

It’s believed that the 48-year-old was eventually pulled from the water before emergency personnel started CPR. After being transported by air to a nearby hospital in a serious condition, Ms. Fagan passed away.

Ongoing Investigation

The cause of her death is being investigated, according to French media, and a post-mortem study will be performed in the coming days.

Established in 2006, the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is well-liked by racers from all around the world. The 2.2-kilometer swim, 115-kilometer bike ride, and 22-kilometer run make up the long course competition.

The race begins with a swim at the Lac du Verney reservoir, followed by a cycling leg that includes 21 Tour de France-style turns and an ascent of 1120 meters to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez for the run.

At this moment, details about Sarah’s death circumstances are few. Police authorities are looking into the incident very closely to determine the circumstances.

May her family and friends find solace in the lovely memories they shared with her. May the love and support of people around them give them the courage they require now.

Setanta Triathlon Club in Dundalk stated on Facebook in memory of their clubmate that:

Sarah was an integral member of the Setanta Triathlon Club and was always first to volunteer her time, get involved in club activities and competitive events. Sarah stood out among her peers as she was always smiling, enthusiastic, and willing to help others. All her clubmates are devastated at Sarah’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Funeral arrangements to follow.

Setanta Triathlon Club, founded in 2004 is based in Dundalk (club history), Co. Louth providing the training needs of triathletes in the North East Region. Their goal is to offer support to those just starting in Triathlon or looking to improve and become more competitive.

Tributes pour in as reports of Sarah Fagan’s passing appear online

Kenneth Farrelly said,

Tragic news, Sarah always had a smile and time to chat with everyone she met. Rest in peace.

Conchobhar Mac Aulaigh said,

Such a really genuinely nice friendly person. Always with a smile and a hello. Condolences to her family, friends, work, and clubmates. Rest in Peace Sarah.

Marianne Kavanagh said,

Oh my God, how sad. Will miss your lovely face at training swims on Sat mornings Thinking of your family & friends. May you rest in peace.

David Lally wrote,

An amazing colleague full of fun enthusiasm and energy. Condolences to her family club mates and colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. May Sarah rest in peace

Celine Mc Phillips wrote,

RIP Sarah a true lady and dear friend to all thinking of all your family and friends during this very tragic time. Deepest condolences 

Medico Topics extends our deepest condolences to Sarah Fagan’s family and friends during this difficult time. Let us be a source of strength and comfort for one another as we navigate through this painful journey of grief and remembrance.


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