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Saturday 10 December 2016

Rain pours down as heroes climb up Carrauntoohil for charity

Journalist Paul Williams, INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae, and former Ireland rugby player Mick Galwey climbing Carrauntoohil for the Caps to the Summit in aid of the Alan Kerins Projects, in partnership with Gorta Self Help Africa
Journalist Paul Williams, INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae, and former Ireland rugby player Mick Galwey climbing Carrauntoohil for the Caps to the Summit in aid of the Alan Kerins Projects, in partnership with Gorta Self Help Africa

The pouring rain didn't deter the spirits of sporting heroes climbing Carrauntoohil for charity.

Irish rugby internationals, accompanied by GAA stars and athletes, carried their Irish caps to the top of Ireland's highest mountain.

Both the men's and women's rugby Six Nations trophies were brought to the 'Caps to the Summit' event, as the sports stars attempted to raise more than €150,000 for the Alan Kerins Projects, in partnership with Gorta Self Help Africa.

The charities help disadvantaged children in Africa by providing education, farming and enterprise development to make communities more self-sufficient.

Conditions were tricky for those leaving the Co Kerry base camp at 9am and they deteriorated as the day went on.

At the top, former Munster and Ireland forward Mick Galwey said he was delighted to have taken part.

"It is a rite of passage for every Kerryman to make this climb," he said. "The conditions were difficult, but it's nothing compared to what the people that we are doing this for go through every day."

Athletics champion Sonia O'Sullivan, hurler Sean Og O hAilpin and INM Editor in Chief Stephen Rae also took part in the challenge.

Meanwhile, flash flooding hit several areas as rain swept across the country overnight. Western regions were worst hit yesterday as Met Eireann issued an orange weather warning. The forecaster said everywhere was likely to experience some rain over the weekend.

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