Saturday 17 August 2019

Tributes to 'hero' dad who fell to death on way up Carrauntoohil

Experienced climber: Ger Duffy (59) on Mount Brandon, Co Kerry. Photo: Press 22
Experienced climber: Ger Duffy (59) on Mount Brandon, Co Kerry. Photo: Press 22

David Raleigh

A sister of a man who died while climbing Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry last weekend has paid tribute to the "hero" father of three.

Miriam Duffy said her family were trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of her brother Ger Duffy (59) last Saturday.

Mr Duffy, a native of St Joseph Street, Limerick city, and who was living in Clonlara, Co Clare, died after falling on the mountain.

An experienced mountain climber, Mr Duffy had been accompanied by a male friend at the time, explained his sister. "We believe he was making his way up the mountain, and as he gripped something it crumbled in his hand and he fell," Ms Duffy added.

Mr Duffy's body was later taken to his home in Clonlara where he will be waked today.

"He was such a kind guy and he would have helped anybody that ever needed it," said Ms Duffy. "He was only in Cambodia a few weeks ago, on a motorbike tour, and he was up a mountain in Wales a few weeks before that. He loved the outdoors life, he was very fit, and he lived his life to the fullest.

"He was the best brother you could ever wish for. His wife Carmel and his children - Siobhán (24), Aisling (22), and Gavin (18), who were his pride and joy - idolised him."

Mr Duffy "delivered" his daughter Aisling as he and his wife were making their way to Limerick's maternity hospital.

"As they were crossing Thomond Bridge there was a shout from Carmel to 'stop the car'. Ger delivered Aisling himself there on the bridge. He certainly was a hero, in every sense of the word," she added.

Irish Independent

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