Family confirm tragic death of Irish woman missing in France

21-year-old Eimear Noonan from County Clare had been working as an English teacher near Lyon

The family of a missing Irish woman in France has confirmed that her body has been found.

21-year-old Eimear Noonan from County Clare had been working as an English teacher in the town of Annonay, around 75km from Lyon.

In a post on social media yesterday evening, her brother Cathal said French authorities had informed the family of her death after an accidental fall while out running.

He said his family will be "forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received in recent days," and appealed for privacy as they come to terms with his sister's death.

“Eimear was a warm, bubbly person who had already made a wide circle of friends [in France] through her love of music and singing,” he wrote.

“She graduated last month from UCC with an honours degree in Irish and French, was a talented violinist and, to our immense pride, was head of UCC orchestra for her final year there.

“Eimear will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her parents Flan and Mary, her brothers Declan, Michael and Cathal and all her family and friends.”