Fermoy link to Mont Blanc tragedy
WHEN the news broke on Monday of last week that two climbers had perished in an accident on Mont Blanc very few would have realized straight away that there was a strong Fermoy connection with one of the two deceased climbers on that ill-fated journey.
Waterford native Colm Ennis is the son of Fermoy born man Michael Ennis, who is a retired member of An Garda Siochana and who with his wife and family have been living in Waterford for many years, where he was based in the Force.
Michael is the son of the late Walter and Esther Ennis, and the brother of Raymond and the late Patty, who died in London two years ago.
In his youth Michael was a very popular and active young man who took part in many sporting activities in the town before he left to join An Garda Siochana. He played many hurling and football and handball games for Fermoy in his youth.
Retired for a number of years, Michael and his wife Susan reside in Waterford with their family of two sons and two daughters.
Their younger son, Colm 37, was involved in adventure sports and had become a most experienced mountain climber over a number of years, having conquered many challenges with his late friend, Clonmel man Peter Britton, who also perished on this fatal journey as they were descending Europe's highest peak.
It is believed that a loose rope may have caused the accident.
The late Colm had been working in Cork in recent times as human relations manager with Amazon. During his time in Cork, Colm had taken a passionate interest in the plight of the young homeless people in Cork City and Cork Simon.
He will be very much missed by his family and friends, his work colleagues and by his colleagues in Mountaineering Ireland etc.
To his parents, his brother and sisters, and his uncle and cousins in the Fermoy area, we extend our sincere sympathies on your great loss.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.