THE man whose body was recovered from the MacGillycuddy Reeks yesterday has been named locally as Timothy Clifford from Killorglin.
Mr Clifford or ‘Teddy’ as he was known locally, is a well known and respected vet in the town.
He had gone walking on Carrauntoohil earlier that day on his own and was discovered unresponsive by another climber on the ridge between Carrauntoohil and Caher Mountain at around 5.30pm.
The Shannon Coastguard helicopter was tasked to the scene and members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue also responded to the call.
They found Mr Clifford’s body at the scene from where it was airlifted to Kerry General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Conditions on the mountain were good at the time and Mr Clifford’s death was not as a result of a fall.
While responding to this incident, members of the mountain rescue team were called to respond to a separate rescue on the Devil’s Ladder on Carrauntoohil where two walkers were in difficulty after one sustained a fall while descending the mountain.
The couple were Irish holidaymakers who were spending a week in Kerry and they were assisted down the mountain by the team.
This was the third call out members of Kerry Mountain Rescue had responded to this week after they came to the aid of two men who had got lost while descending Carrauntoohil last Wednesday.
The volunteers were quickly able to establish the men’s location using a grid reference from their smartphone.
They were escorted to safety by the team.