Lady (51) dies whereas climbing Galtee mountains with younger kids


A 51-year-old woman who died while attending a “Climb with Charlie” charity event in the Galtee Mountains in Co Tipperary with her two young children on Saturday has been named at the scene.

Cora O’Grady, from Lui na Greine, Ballinwillin in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, was climbing Galtymore with her children Luke (11) and Lily (8) when she fell ill on the mountain.

Ms O’Grady was among a group who climbed Galtymore in one of nearly 200 nationwide fundraisers in support of former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo.

Mr Bird, who suffers from motor neuron disease, climbed Croagh Patrick with hundreds of supporters to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the suicide charity Pieta House.

Tens of thousands of supporters who have taken part in climbing trips across Ireland, as well as the United States, South Africa and Spain have raised more than €2 million for the two charities so far.

It is understood Ms O’Grady was near the summit of 918-metre Galtymore at around 1pm when she collapsed and the alarm went off. The Irish Community Air Ambulance from Cork was on site.

Ms O’Grady was treated by paramedics but failed to regain consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene around 2pm. Gardaí from Cahir have been informed of the tragedy.

Ms O’Grady’s body was removed from the mountain and taken to Waterford University Hospital where an autopsy was to take place to determine the cause of death.

A Garda spokesman described the death as “a terrible tragedy” and said Gardaí will include the autopsy results in a file they are preparing for an inquest at the South Tipperary Coroner’s Court.

Ms O’Grady’s two young children were comforted by relatives in Mitchelstown on Saturday night, where the news of their sudden death was greeted with shock and sadness.

“There is desperately sad news here. Cora was out early with a large group to climb Galtymore to raise money for a very good cause and for such a tragedy to happen is just shocking,” said a local.