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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tributes to 'wonderful' mountain rescuer Kevin

Mountaineer Kevin Hallahan
Mountaineer Kevin Hallahan

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and skilled" mountain rescue volunteer who died in a tragic accident on Saturday morning.

Kevin Hallahan, from Naas in Co Kildare, was at a team training event on the Crib Goch route in Snowdonia, North Wales, with Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) when he died following an accident.

Kevin (43) has been remembered as a kind and friendly man, who was devoted to his wife and young daughters.

Members of DWMRT are said to be devastated by his death and paid an emotional tribute to him on their Facebook page.

"Kevin joined DWMRT in 2011 and quickly established himself as a valued and highly motivated team member," the tribute said.

"He was a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need.

Cared

"Kevin could be relied upon to complete any task efficiently and safely, always looking out for his teammates.

"He was a man who cared for those around him, supporting and mentoring, with a kind word and his friendly smile.

"We offer our deepest sympathies at this tragic time to Kevin's family, his parents Marie and Anthony, his sister Pamela, and brother Tony, and to his many friends," the team members added.

"Our thoughts, in particular, are with Kevin's wife and daughters, to whom he was devoted.

"DWMRT will do all we can to support Kevin's family in the difficult weeks and months ahead.

"He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him."

Meanwhile, the members also thanked Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter, and North Wales Police for their help.

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