President leads tributes after tragic death of Irish rower Ailish Sheehan

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Ailish Sheehan has died following a fall in Poznan, Poland at the World University Championships, reports the Irish Times.

Ailish Sheehan, from Kildimo in Limerick, won a bronze medal with the British women's four in Poznan on Sunday.

"Ailish was in the prime of her life a young girl - great athlete, great oarsperson", he said.

Ms Sheehan was a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her heartbroken parents John and Catherine and two sisters Niamh and Aine kept a vigil by her bedside.

"On behalf of the people of Limerick and the sporting community I want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of rower Ailish Sheehan".

"I think we are all in shock - we can't believe it has happened really, at all".

"It's absolutely bad", she said earlier today.

The death of Ailish Sheehan has been described by the Mayor of Limerick as a "sad tragedy".

He said: "A talented rower and student of design, her loss will be acutely be her team mates and colleagues".

"She had a relentless infectious energy that made everyone better themselves". This is a cruel blow for all those who were so were impressed by her rowing success.

Rowing Ireland has extended its condolences to her family and friends, saying it is deeply saddened to learn of her death.

"BUCS, British Rowing and Rowing Ireland are providing support to her family during this hard time and ask for their privacy to be respected", Mr Mayne added. Limerick had been competing in the World University Championships in Poznan.