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Monday 22 September 2014

Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ man who was ‘married to the mountains’

Published 03/08/2014 | 16:52

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The funeral at St Pauls in Waterford of Colm Ennis who died in a climbing accident on Mount Blanc.
The funeral at St Pauls in Waterford of Colm Ennis who died in a climbing accident on Mount Blanc
Colm Ennis who died while climbing Mont Blanc
Colm Ennis who died while climbing Mont Blanc

The family and friends of one of the Irish climbers who died in a tragic Mount Blanc accident last weekend laid him to rest today.

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Colm Ennis (37) died alongside friend and fellow experienced mountain climber Peter Britton (55) last Sunday on their descent in the French mountain range.

A rope is believed to have failed causing the pair to plummet 200m to their deaths on the French mountain.

Aidan Ennis told the mourners at St Paul's Church in Waterford that his “inspirational” brother Colm had saved his life in a similar accident in Italy three years ago.

"Colm's actions saved my life that day and for that I will be eternally grateful," he said in his emotional tribute.

St Paul's Parish Priest, Fr Pat Fitzgerald, said Colm was "married to the mountains" such was his love of the outdoors and, in particular, the Comeraghs, Scotland and the Alps.

A special guard of honour was provided both by DeLa Salle Scouts, which Colm was heavily involved in, as well as members of Rathgormack Climbing Club of which Mr Ennis was a founder member.

Prayers were also offered for Mr Ennis' friend and climbing partner, Peter Britton, who will be buried after Requiem Mass at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Clonmel, Co Tipperary tomorrow.

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