A CLIMBER originally from Ballinakill on the Kilkenny Laois border died tragically just 50 metres from the summit of Mount Everest.
John Delaney, 41, from Kilcock in Co Kildare, is understood to have collapsed less than 50 metres from the top. He is the first Irish man to die on the world’s highest mountain.
Mr Delaney, died on Saturday, but because his team was out of contact until today, Tuesday, his death has only just been confirmed.
While the father of two young sons was climbing, his wife, Orla Delaney gave birth to a baby girl. He died unaware of his new daughter - his wife was planning on calling the new baby Hope.
Mr Delaney is survived by his mother, who still lives in Ballinakill, and a brother and sister.
He had been mountaineering for several years and was attempting to conquer Everest after a failed attempt five years ago. His body will remain on Everest because it would be too dangerous for the rest of his team to bring it back to base.
Mr Delaney was among a team of 18, including one US and six Russian climbers, eight Sherpas and two other guides. They left a camp at 8,300 metres last Friday evening in a bid to scale the final section of the notorious peak. After he got into difficulty, Sherpas helped Mr Delaney down the mountainside but attempts to resuscitate him failed. Mr Delaney left for the expedition on 9 April.