Ian died while doing what he loved best
ADVENTURER STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
THE REMAINS of adventurer Ian McKeever who was killed by lightening last Wednesday are expected to be brought home later this week.
Mountain climber and philanthropist Ian was killed on Africa’s highest mountain after being struck by lightning last Wednesday.
Mr McKeever, a well-known charity fundraiser, was leading an expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania when the group was beset by bad weather.
The 42-year-old was struck by lightning a day after reports of bad weather hampering the climb by a large group, including his fiancee Anna O’Loughlin and more than 20 others from Ireland.
Hailing originally from Killiney in Dublin, Ian moved to Lough Dan, Roundwood more than eight years ago.
However he recently moved to Sandyford where he lived with his fiancee Anna who is from Kilpedder.
Following Ian’s death family members flew to Tanzania to support Anna.
A number of Irish people received medical attention following the lightning strike but were not seriously injured.
Mr. McKeever’s death was confirmed by a statement on his Facebook page.
‘It is with deep regret, that we, Ian’s family, fiancée Anna and friends, advise of his sudden death on Kilimanjaro, doing what he loved best.
Mr. McKeever was a leading member of the Kilimanjaro Achievers Team - a group of experienced climbers that lead groups to the top of the mountain, which is considered the easiest of the world’s highest mountains to climb.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was offering assistance from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.
Mr. McKeever was a highly experienced climber, having previously reached the top of Mount Everest.
A social sciences graduate from UCD, he previously worked as a radio presenter for AA Roadwatch and also worked in public relations and as a qualified life coach.
He is survived by his parents Niall and Aedeen, sister Denise, fiancée Anna, brother-in-law Paul, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Popular adventurer Ian McKeever taking an ice bath.