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Saturday 18 August 2018

Triathlete Paul (33) is found dead at roadside

THE family of a an Irish triathlete killed in a road collision in Australia are arranging to bring his body home.

Police in Melbourne are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Paul Rennick (33).

Mr Rennick, who is from Sligo town, is understood to have been walking along the Tullomarine dual carriageway in the Australian city late on Tuesday night when he was struck by a vehicle.

His body was discovered on the side of the road by the emergency services the following morning.



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Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Mr Rennick was from the Greenfort Estate in Sligo and travelled to Australia with his fiancee Blaithin in November.

His family are "devastated" and are attempting to come to terms with his sudden death.

His best friend, Colm Casey, told the Herald today that Paul was an "adventure junkie".

"He loved life. He went over to Australia with his partner Blaithin and they seemed really happy over there. He recently got residency there so he had plans to stay on. We're all in deep shock.

"Paul was a top class surfer. He was an adventure junkie, to be honest. He was a very popular lad in the town and everyone had a good word to say about him.

"I went to school with him, he was my best friend. It's hard for everybody who knew him."

Paul is survived by his father Tony, siblings Celine, Trevor, Declan and fiancée Blaithin.

He had moved to Australia to get work and for a "new experience".

Paul was a keen athlete and was a member of Sligo Triathlon Club prior to his move to Australia.

He was also an avid surfer and had a keen interest in water safety. He previously worked as a lifeguard in the popular seaside resort of Enniscrone, Co Sligo.

Tributes and messages from friends and loved ones have poured in on a Facebook page set up in Paul's memory.

Friends have today described him as a "lovely guy" and "extremely popular".

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