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'Heartbroken forever' - tributes to jogger who died in charity run fall

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Conor Cronin with girlfriend Eavan, who has asked people to donate to Movember

Conor Cronin with girlfriend Eavan, who has asked people to donate to Movember

Conor Cronin with girlfriend Eavan, who has asked people to donate to Movember

A young man who died after a tragic accident while out jogging to raise funds for charity has been described as "an amazing partner" and "outstanding brother and son".

Tributes have been pouring in for Conor Cronin (26) since his death on Friday.

Eavan Atkinson, who he'd been going out with since he was 16, revealed how Conor donated his organs, and has asked the public to continue to make contributions to Movember in his honour.

"He was loved by so many people," she told the Herald.

"Everything was so effortless for him, his friends at work would say there was nothing he couldn't do.

People

"He was just good at everything, he was such a people person and he would light up a room when he walked into it".

Conor had been out running to raise funds for Movember, an annual event held to promote the importance of men's health.

His family said he died "following a simple, but tragic and unfortunate fall".

"We will be heartbroken forever," they said.

Eavan, who Conor's mother described as his "soulmate", said raising awareness about men's health was something which was very important to him.

Conor Cronin

"He was very passionate about health and that's why he donated his organs - to help save lives. Conor was really big into fitness and health and looking after himself," she said.

"He had got a paddle board recently to help keep him occupied during lockdown and had just taken up running. You don't realise how loved someone was until they are gone and Conor was loved by everyone."

The young couple, who grew up five minutes away from each other in Drumcondra, had been talking about moving into a house together soon.

"Everyone in my family was mad about Conor," Eavan said.

Conor went to college at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT - now Technological University) and had been working in cyber security with international company Edgescan for the last three years.

Colleague Ciaran Byrne wrote: "He was someone who always cheered you up if you needed cheering up. He was the one you always enjoyed having a pint with.

"He was the first person I asked to be a mentor each time someone new started, as he was a great advertisement. He was highly intelligent."

His brother Ciaran Cronin described him as "the most incredible, funny and witty guy".

"There aren't any words good enough to do him justice. I'm so lucky to be able to call him my brother."

Vigil

Friends and family gathered at a vigil for the young man in Drumcondra on Sunday night.

Many who knew him are also paying heartfelt tributes on social media.

Coláiste Árainn Mhóir, a Gaelscoil in Donegal where Conor attended as both a pupil and worker, said: "A young gentleman who has sadly died too young and too soon. He spent many years on the island as a scholar and leader; may he have the best bed in heaven."

A notice by the family on Rip.ie asked for donations to be made to the Conor Cronin Movember account.

His mother Tina paid tribute to her "adored son" and described him as an "outstanding brother" to Ciarán and his sisters Sinéad and Alanna.

"He is our hero, we will be heartbroken forever."


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