‘I know you will al­ways be with me’


IAN MCKEEVER’S fi­ancee, Anna O’Lough­lin from Kilped­der de­scribed her sense of loss fol­low­ing his death.

In a Face­book post on Fri­day last Anna wrote ‘I met Ian ex­actly a year ago to­mor­row, as was typ­i­cal of Ian so much was lived in this time.

‘From the moment we met we knew we were soul mates. We spent so much time to­gether. Ian was never off duty when it came to his char­ity work and climb­ing, so we did that to­gether, climb­ing, trekking and meet­ing and mak­ing friends from Car­raun­toohil to Lugnaquilla.

‘I want to thank ev­ery­one who has made this im­pos­si­ble time a lit­tle eas­ier, par­tic­u­larly our fel­low climbers who de­spite their own cir­cum­stances have been so strong for me. The vol­ume and na­ture of tributes says so much. Ian, I love you dearly, I miss you ter­ri­bly, I can­not con­ceive what to do next with­out you, but yet I know you will al­ways be with me.’

She also said both her fam­ily and Ian’s fam­ily wanted some pri­vacy at this trau­matic time.

Ian with his fi­ancee Anna O’Lough­lin.

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