Young Irish Man Tragically Dies During Famed Holy Pilgrimage

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Milestone marking the Santiago de Compostela route Credit: Shutterstock

A YOUNG IRISH MAN has reportedly died tragically following a swimming accident in Spain.

The incident is believed to have occurred on Thursday evening in a busy tourist resort in the north of the country.

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It has been reported that the young victim, believed to be in his 20s, had just set out to undertake the Camino walking pilgrimage across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela with a group of friends when the tragedy took place.

The precise details of the accident have not yet been disclosed, but the young man reportedly went for a swim following a long day of walking under the harsh Spanish sun.

It seems that the young victim got into difficulty while in the water and was later discovered in an unresponsive state before being brought to shore.


Despite efforts to resuscitate the young man, he was tragically pronounced dead a short time later.

His remains have been transferred to a local hospital ahead of a postmortem examination due to be carried out by a Spanish coroner.


The man is from Cork but also has ties in Kerry.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will extend its support to the family and assist with the repatriation of the body.

This tragedy is the third such incident to affect Irish tourists since August. Last month, two Irish children tragically drowned in separate accidents in Spain and Germany while on holiday with their families.




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