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CaptainVertigo
2012-04-17 10:33:09
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Irish Times -Inquest Coverage
I believe that the Irish Times continues have the best national coverage of hillwalking and environmental issues. Typically there is a good note of the recent Mayo Inquest into the death by heart attack of a regular Croagh Patrick walker. May I express condolences to the family of the deceased.
"Inquest warning for climbers
ANYONE WITH a history of heart problems or the lung disease emphysema should think carefully before deciding to climb mountains such as Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, a pathologist has advised.
Dr Fadel Bennani, consultant pathologist at Mayo General Hospital, made his comments at an inquest in Castlebar into the death of John Walsh, Derrygolan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, whose body was found by a fellow pilgrim on the summit of Croagh Patrick on November 25th last.
Mr Walsh (62) was in the habit of climbing the mountain “twice a week, every week”, according to one of his brothers, Frank, who lived with him. Dr Bennani said Mr Walsh, who was single, had died from natural causes.
The postmortem showed acute myocardial infarction due to occlusive coronary atheroma, he said. Asked by the coroner John O’Dwyer about the health risks and strain associated with climbing mountains such as Croagh Patrick, Dr Bennani said oxygen levels would diminish with altitude and this could be stressful on the lungs and heart. There was also a danger, especially in winter, of hypothermia, Dr Bennani added.
Returning a verdict of death from natural causes and expressing sympathy with bereaved relatives, Mr O’Dwyer urged public support for Mayo Mountain Rescue and other voluntary rescue groups.
“I would hope that in these stringent times money can be found to give them the support they need,” he added." (Irish Times 17th April 2012)
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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 17 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 21 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the west.

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simon3 2 days ago.
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Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
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Track
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simon3 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
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simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 2 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 21 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 23 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
Track
Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
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simon3 23 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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