The father of an Irish Olympian has died tragically in a hiking accident in mountains near Strasbourg in eastern France.

60-year old John Quinn, father of Irish Olympian swimmer Nicholas Quinn, lost his footing and fell some distance while hiking with friends on Saturday.

A native of Waterford, John Quinn – who lived previously in Castlebar - has been living in Strasbourg for the past 5 years, where he worked in the EU.

His wife Mary (nee Sheridan), a native of Turlough Road, Castlebar and their two sons and daughter were in Scotland at the weekend when they heard about the tragedy.

Nicholas Quinn, who swam for Ireland in the 2016 Olympics, is currently swimming and studying for an MSc in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

The family flew to Strasbourg immediately on hearing news of the tragedy.

No funeral arrangements are yet available, but it’s understood Mr Quinn’s remains will be flown back to Ireland.

It’s believed he was with a group of 8 walkers when he fell in the Vosges mountains near Strasbourg.

A medical rescue team arrived at the scene by helicopter but were unable to save him.

John Quinn worked with Boston Scientific in Galway before taking up a position with the EU in Strasbourg, and has taken part in the Castlebar International Walking Festival for the past thirty years.

At the start of this afternoon’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, condolences were extended to the Quinn family following the tragic accident. 



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