The Maamturk Mountains, Co. Galway

Tragedy on the Maamturks

Rescue workers searching for missing hillwalker discover body.

Tragedy has struck in the Irish mountains again. A search for an experienced hillwalker who failed to return from a lengthy hike has been called off after rescue workers found a body this Saturday evening, 18th March.

The Dublin man spoke to a family member from the mountain by telephone at 4.30pm. The walker was training on the Maamturk Mountains near Leenane, Co Galway on Friday. However the walker who is in his 50s, failed to return to his accommodation that night.

Leenane Hotel, Leenane, Co. Galway

Leenane Hotel, Leenane, Co. Galway

On Saturday morning the Galway Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT) were contacted by gardaí and requested their assistance in coordinating the search operation.


Ronan Concannon, a spokesman for GMRT, said they dispatched a team at 10.30am. The last known location of the walker was at a place known locally as the Col of Despondency.

They requested the support of the Coast Guard in the search. However conditions meant it was unsuitable and unsafe for a helicopter to travel to the area.

Finally, the body was recovered on the eastern side of Leenane Hill at about 3.00pm, five hours after the search began for the missing walker, a Dublin man in his 50s.

A postmortem examination is to be carried out on the body as soon as possible. The hiker went missing during a St Patrick’s day walk.

About 30 members of the Galway and Mayo Mountain Rescue teams were involved in the search on Saturday in conjunction with An Garda Síochána in the Maamturk Mountains in Co Galway.


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