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Council continues partnership with Ironman triathlon in which two competitors died

Brendan Wall (44) from Co Meath and Ivan Chittenden (64) from Canada died during the Ironman Triathlon at Cork's Youghal Beach in August.
Paul Ainsworth

CORK County Council has said it will continue to partner an Ironman event in which two competitors died while taking part in the triathlon.

Brendan Wall (44) from Co Meath, and Ivan Chittenden (64) from Toronto in Canada, both died during the event while swimming at Cork's Youghal Beach in August.

The deaths occurred as competitors battled turbulent sea conditions during the race.

Triathlon Ireland, the sport's governing body in the Republic, launched an investigation into the deaths, while Gardaí launched a probe and called for those with video footage of the event to contact them.

Cork County Council said following the double tragedy it was seeking a full account from organisers.

On Wednesday, the council's chief executive Tim Lucey said it would continue its partnership with the triathlon for its 2024 event.

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The council has supported the event since 2019.

"The IRONMAN Ireland Cork event is of significant tourism and economic importance to the region, having already generated an economic impact of almost €20m, a continuation of which Cork County Council would wish to see," Mr Lucey said in a statement.

"As part of this arrangement, IRONMAN is the owner of the event. IRONMAN has sole responsibility for the management and coordination of the event.  This responsibility includes running the event with due care, skill and attention. 

The matter of the sanctioning of a permit by Triathlon Ireland, such that triathlon is run under federation technical rules, is a separate matter between IRONMAN and Triathlon Ireland. This is a matter which will be determined between both parties, independently of Cork County Council."

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