Man dies climbing Mount Brandon in Co Kerry


A man died climbing the pilgrimage route on Mount Brandon this afternoon.

The 56-year-old man collapsed around 1:30 p.m. and fell ill near the 10th cross, accompanied by four other people.

Gardaí in Tralee contacted the Valentia Coast Guard who coordinated an interagency response.

Rescue operations were carried out by Kerry Mountain Rescue and Dingle Coast Guard, including the Rescue 115 rescue helicopter from Shannon.

Poor conditions and poor visibility meant that the helicopter could not reach the man.

The man’s climbers were performing CPR until after 3:30 p.m. when members of the Dingle Coast Guard arrived on site.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was transported to the base of the mountain by the Dingle Coast Guard with support from Kerry Mountain Rescue.

Ambulance services then took the man’s body to the Kerry University Hospital morgue for an autopsy.

The cause of death has not been confirmed. Throughout the emergency services response, conditions on Mount Brandon have been described as extremely poor.

A man in his eighties is recovering after being rescued from Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry tonight.

At 6 p.m., Coast Guard Valentia was notified that the climber needed medical attention.

Kerry Mountain Rescue helped the man who was suffering from exhaustion.

Rescue helicopter 115 was commissioned and landed in Hag’s Glen at 7 p.m.