Ian died while do­ing what he loved best



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.

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