Offaly Garda conquers Everest

A COOLDERRY Garda has made history on two counts after conquering Mount Everest.

A COOLDERRY Garda has made history on two counts after conquering Mount Everest.

Gda Martin Byrne is the first serving member of the Gardai to make it to the top of the mountain, and, at 58, now also holds the title of the oldest Irish mountaineer to scale the peak.

Stationed at Harcourt Street Station in Dublin, Gda Byrne had tried three times before to make it to top, with no success.

However, this time with the aid of two Sherpa guides, he reached his goal having taken the North Ridge Route from Tibet.

“I am just a bit worried about the fact that I’m going to be several weeks late back to work,” said Garda Byrne, who only confirmed his victory when he arrived at Kathmandu despite having reached the summit on May 26.

Gda Byrne told his mother Kathleen who lives in Coolderry of his success.

The victory comes shortly after the tragic death of Ballinakill man John Delaney, who died on the mountain just five days before Gda Byrne reached the top. He said he was “devastated” by the news and described Mr Delaney was “a very light hearted, witty and good humoured man.”