Tributes paid to young athlete and law student who died suddenly

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Joanna Duignan
Joanna Duignan

Tributes have been paid to the promising Co Leitrim athlete Joanna Duignan following her sudden death.
Ms Duignan (20), from Annaduff, was a law student at Dublin City University and a member of the Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club. She had won a number of national running competitions.

Described by a local councillor as “an extremely talented young lady”, Ms Duignan was also a traditional musician and a set dancer.
The Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club posted on its website on Monday about the “sudden and untimely passing” of Ms Duignan. The club described her as “a fantastic athlete with a willingness to work hard”. It said she “was a lovely genuine person who always had time for everyone”.

“No matter how young or how old, Joanna’s friendly, outgoing nature saw her make time for everyone and we lost count of the amount of times she helped out our younger athletes,” wrote the club.

“The loss we feel today is nothing compared to the loss of her family, her parents Philip and Theresa and brothers Daniel, Aaron and Keith, her relatives and extended family and many friends. There are no words to convey our deepest sympathy to them at this time – all we can do is offer our support and our love as we remember our friend Joanna.”

The club announced that it would cancel all training for the week as a mark of respect to Ms Duignan and her family.
Athletics Ireland also extended its sympathies to the family and posted on Twitter on Tuesday that it was shocked and saddened by the death of Ms Duignan.

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