TRIBUTES were paid to an “inspirational” kitesurfer who tragically died during Storm Aiden over the weekend.
Ger Fennelly, 39, died after getting into trouble in the water on Dollymount Strand in Dublin on October 31.
Ger’s broken hearted sister, Elaine Fennelly, took to social media and shared a photo of her brother.
She said, “Words cannot express how we all feel.
“I lost my best friend, my stone, an idleness to Calvin. Fly high with the angels, brother, I loved you so much. ”
Family and friends flooded the comments to offer condolences to Ger’s sister, parents and the extended family.
One person wrote: “I am so sorry to hear this terrible news, Elaine, which was taken from us far too soon and is thinking of you all.”
Another added, “Elaine is so sorry to hear this. Deep compassion. I think of you at this very sad time. ”
Another said, “I’m so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Please give my deepest condolences to Mary and Gilbert and I will think of you in the coming days. ”
Ger, who is believed to be from Clontarf, is believed to have run into trouble while attempting a jump, according to sources.
Emergency services were called shortly after 9:00 a.m. about the incident and attempted to resuscitate him, but medical doctors pronounced him dead shortly afterwards.
Ger was an experienced kitesurfer who has been in the sport for 14 years.
He was a member of the Piranha Triathlon Club, which paid tribute to the “true gentleman”.
In a statement, they said: “Our club mourns the sad news of the death of one of our longtime and respected members, Ger Fennelly.
“Ger has been a member of Piranha since 2014. He was an active member and a kind face in the club.
“Ger gave his time and energy freely, did many Sunday spins and always helped with the club race DCT. Ger loved the triathlon and represented Piranha in many triathlons at home and abroad.
“He was always a welcome sight at every club training session or race.
“He completed the Ironman Barcelona in 2018 and delighted many with his performance. He wrote extensively about how he achieved this while simultaneously living with type 1 diabetes.
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“Ger made a lasting impression on many in the triathlon community and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
“He had a wonderfully positive attitude towards life, was a friendly soul and a true gentleman.”
They added: “We offer our condolences to Gers’ family and friends at this point. Please reach out to your clubmates for assistance as you learn of this terrible news. Rest in peace.”
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