Ironman event will not take place in Cork next year

By Katy Thornton

November 28, 2023 at 1:54pm

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The annual race will take a hiatus in Ireland for 2024 to allow for 'further healing'.

The Ironman Ireland event that normally takes place in Cork will not go ahead in 2024.

In a statement that features on their Facebook page, this is what Ironman Ireland says of the decision to cancel next year's race:

"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.

:Athletes who currently hold a deferral or credits for next year’s IRONMAN Ireland, Cork or IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Cork have been contacted about the options available to them."

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Many will remember that unfortunately two participants in the Ironman Ireland triathlon in Youghal in August of this year - Brendan Wall and Ivan Chittenden - passed away during it, which is why there will be a hiatus in 2024. Both men died in separate incidents during the swimming section of the race.

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