Ireland

Ironman axes 2024 triathlons in Co Cork after death of competitors

Brendan Wall (44) from Co Meath and Ivan Chittenden (64) from Canada died during the Ironman Triathlon at Cork's Youghal Beach in August 2023
Brendan Wall (44) from Co Meath and Ivan Chittenden (64) from Canada died during the Ironman Triathlon at Cork's Youghal Beach in August 2023 Brendan Wall (44) from Co Meath and Ivan Chittenden (64) from Canada died during the Ironman Triathlon at Cork's Youghal Beach in August 2023

The organisers of Ironman triathlons have cancelled its 2024 event in Co Cork after two competitors died in this year’s race.

Ivan Chittenden, in his 60s and from Toronto in Canada, and Brendan Wall, who was in his 40s and living in the UK but originally from Co Meath, died in the swimming segment of the triathlon at Claycastle beach in Youghal, Co Cork.

Ironman said the hiatus will allow for “further healing”.

In a statement, the company said: “Ironman Ireland, Cork and Ironman 70.3 Ireland, Cork will take a hiatus in 2024.

“Cork County and the town of Youghal have become a much-loved home for Ironman in Ireland, and the Irish triathlon community is important to us.

“This pause will allow for further healing while we spend the next year assessing the best path forward to deliver an exceptional weekend of racing once again for our athletes in one of the most passionate host communities in the world.

“We are thankful for the support of Cork County Council, and we appreciate their continued partnership and commitment as we work collectively under our host agreement towards bringing back the event in the strongest way possible in 2025 and beyond.”

The event was due to take place on August 11.

Mourners follow as Brendan Wall’s coffin is carried from church after his funeral (PA)
Mourners follow as Brendan Wall’s coffin is carried from church after his funeral (PA) Mourners follow as Brendan Wall’s coffin is carried from church after his funeral (PA)