Tuesday 18 June 2019

Festive tradition maintained for Christmas climb

John Tarrant

The annual Mushera Mountain climb is a staple tradition for many on Christmas morning, and the mild weather saw the 2018 staging attract huge numbers from Duhallow, Muskerry and friends from further afield to again support charitable causes.

Aubane Social Club is the traditional host, and its annual events have supported a number of charitable and worthy groups and organisations over the years. The latest hosting helped the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The Aubane event is eagerly looked forward to on each December 25, and organizers were overwhelmed with the support this year. Tough underfoot conditions were wet and slippery, but it failed to deter willing participants, even with heavy fog descending on the mountain.

"All credit to the participants for coming out in force from North and Mid Cork to support the cause," said spokesperson John F Kelleher.

Ireland's first privately funded air ambulance service is set to become operational from Rathcoole in February; an AW109 helicopter has been leased from Sloane Helicopters in the UK. It is expected to respond to up to 500 calls a year, and bring most of the population of a 15,000-square-kilometre-area from Kerry to Wexford within 20 minutes of critical medical care.