Monday 11 December 2017

Tributes paid to 'selfless and skilled' Irish mountain rescue volunteer who died in tragic accident

Kevin Hallahan was at a team training event on the Crib Goch route in Snowdonia
Kevin Hallahan was at a team training event on the Crib Goch route in Snowdonia

Kathy Armstrong

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and skilled" mountain rescue volunteer who died in a tragic accident yesterday morning.

Kevin Hallahan, who was from Naas in Co Kildare, was at a team training event on the Crib Goch route in Snowdonia in North Wales with Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) when he slipped and fell, fatally injuring himself.

Kevin (43) has been remembered as a kind and friendly man, who was devoted to his wife and young daughters.

Members of DWMRT are said to be devastated by Kevin's passing and they paid an emotional tribute to him on their Facebook page.

Kevin Hallahan died in an accident in Wales on Saturday
Kevin Hallahan died in an accident in Wales on Saturday

They said: "Kevin joined DWMRT in 2011 and quickly established himself as a valued and highly motivated team member.

"He was a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need.

"Kevin could be relied upon to complete any task efficiently and safely, always looking out for his teammates. He was a man who cared for those around him, supporting and mentoring, with a kind word and his friendly smile."

They also vowed to support Kevin's loved ones at this difficult time.

They said: "We offer our deepest sympathies at this tragic time to Kevin's family, his parents Marie and Anthony, his sister Pamela, and brother Tony, and to his many friends.

"Our thoughts, in particular, are with Kevin's wife and daughters, to whom he was devoted.

"DWMRT will do all we can to support Kevin's family in the difficult weeks and months ahead. He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him."

They also thanked Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Caernarfon Coast Guard helicopter, and North Wales Police for their help.

Dublin-based  group Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue has also fondly remembered Kevin.

They said in a statement: "We will remember him in the mountains and wild places he loved."

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