Mayo Mountain Rescue

  • Mayo Mountain Rescue  say a total of 17 people were treated for a variety of injuries yesterday as 5,000 people climbed Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday.

    Weather conditions were favourable for the annual pilgrimage, and helped in reducing the number of severe casualties.

    Cameron Clotworthy of Mayo Mountain Rescue told Midwest News this morning that the dry weather appears to have reduced the number of serious casualties on the holy mountain yesterday, compared to recent Reek Sundays.

  • Eight people have received medical treatment, following a busy day for mountain rescue volunteers on Croagh Patrick.

    Thousands of pilgrims have climbed the Reek today, as part of the annual pilgrimage.

    Between 9am and lunchtime, five people required medical treatment, and one man suffering from chest pains was airlifted to hospital by Aer Corps helicopter.

    Three women and two men required medical assistance this morning, for ankle injuries, dehydration and other minor injuries.

    Another three people were treated this afternoon -  a woman who suffered a knee injury, a man who suffered abrasions and a 12-year old child was treated for cuts after falling.

    All three were treated in the medical tent on the Reek, and were able to walk off the mountain.

    Weather conditions on the mountain were described as good for the annual pilgrimage, which was led this morning by the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary.

  • Volunteer members of Mayo Mountain Rescue responded to a total of 38 call-outs between March and October last year.

    Reek Sunday is treated as one call-out, with 17 incidents recorded on that day alone last year.

    As one of the busiest teams in the country, the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team needs to fundraise to meet its operating costs, and fund first-aid equipment and training courses for volunteers.

    The team is holding a fundraiser called "Moonlight in Mayo" on Saturday week next 23rd March.

    Members of the public taking part will be brought on a guided night-time 12 kilometre walk on the Letterkeen Loop.

    This is the third year of the Moonlight in Mayo event.

  • A man in his sixties has died while climbing Mweelrea Mountain near Louisburgh this afternoon.

    The man who is believed to be from the Dublin area was with family members at the time.

    Emergency services attended the scene to assist in the rescue mission.

    His body is currently been taken to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem exam.

  • The Mayo Mountain Rescue Team was called out yesterday evening to assist a man suffering from suspected chest pain on Croagh Patrick.

    The team responded to a call from Gardai at about 5.40 pm to assist the casualty on the upper cone section of the Reek.

    The first response team treated the man at the scene and he was stretchered off the mountain using additional rope equipment to the back of Croagh Patrick where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for further treatment.

    The Coastguard helicopter R118 also attended the scene, but had to return to base due to the weather conditions on the mountain.

    The Mayo Mountain Rescue Team was stood down at 10.40pm last night.





  • Mayo Mountain Rescue Team feature in a new television series on Virgin One TV tonight.

    The documentary series is called Rescue: River Deep Mountain High and is produced by  Goldhawk Media Ltd.

    It has been filmed over the last two years.

    The new series starts this evening (Tues) at 8.30 p.m.

    It follows the exploits of both Ireland and the UK’s voluntary rescue services across diverse landscapes as they rescue people in perilous situations.

    It provides an insight into the work of the volunteer rescue teams.

  • The Mayo Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána shortly after 4pm yesterday to assist Coastguard helicopter Rescue 118 with evacuation of a male casualty who had sustained a leg injury after falling on the descent from Croagh Patrick.

    A first response team were tasked to the location and a stretcher party to assist. MMRT assisted the R118 crew in transporting the casualty by stretcher to the helicopter for onward transport to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

    The team were stood down at 7.30pm.

    Following this callout, MMRT were tasked by An Garda Síochána at 8.30pm to assist two walkers who had become disorientated in Wild Nephin/Ballycroy National Park while walking one of the trails. The two walkers required assistance in getting back to their vehicle in failing light.

    A first response team were tasked to locate the two walkers who had managed to reach one of the huts in the forest and were able to give their location in grid reference from the notice board in the hut. The Fist Response team made their way to them and brought them back to their vehicle.

    The team were stood down at 11pm last night.

  • Mayo Mountain Rescue Team will hold a fundraising event this Saturday night.

    ‘Moonlight in Mayo’ will take place on Saturday along the Letterkeen Loop between 5pm – 12 midnight.

    The event is being held to raise funds for first aid and training equipment for Mayo Mountain Rescue.

    The team is one of the busiest teams in Mountain Rescue Ireland with over 50 callouts on average per year and are facing an upsurge in demand for both first-aid equipment and medical and technical training for each member.

    The Letterkeen moonlight walk is a unique event, which is now in its second year, and brings participants on a guided walk.

    Further details and registration are available on the Mayo Mountain Rescue - Moonlight in Mayo Facebook page.

  • This weekend is the busiest of the year on Mayo's Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick, with the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage attracting large numbers of pilgrims from across the country and overseas.

    Order of Malta is urging those planning to climb the Reek to take the necessary precautions, in terms of wearing good footwear such as hiking boots, and being suitably equipped for all weather conditions - bringing rain gear and warm clothes as well as sun protection - along with water and snacks.

    Over 100 Order of Malta volunteers will be on duty this Sunday, along with the Mayo Mountain Rescue team, to support pilgrims.

  • Tuesday last was one of the busiest days in the history of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team - with the exception of Reek Sundays.

    The team dealt with three separate call-outs to incidents on Croagh Patrick, between 11am and 7pm.


    With the exception of Reek Sundays - which take place on the last Sunday of July each year - Tuesday of this week was one of the busiest days ever for the Mayo Mountain Rescue team.

    It starts shortly before 11.30am when the mountain rescue team was alerted by Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard to come to the assistance of a man who had sustained a lower leg injury on Croagh Patrick.

    A first-response party attended to the casualty who was subsequently airlifted to Mayo University Hospital by the Coastguard for further treatment.

    While he was being airlifted by Rescue 118, the Mayo Mountain Rescue team was again tasked at about 2.40pm, again near the shoulder of Croagh Patrick.

    The first reponse team and stretcher team who were already on the mountain went to assist a second casualty who had also sustained a lower leg injury.

    He was treated and then stretchered down the Reek to the Murrisk side.

    A walker who was with a group on Croagh Patrick then advised of a 3rd casualty who required assistance, after being injured in a fall near the summit.

    He had managed to descend with the help of his group, but was suffering from exhaustion.

    A first-response team  treated him for his injury before assisting the casualty to walk down off the mountain.

    The Mountain Rescue Team were finally stood down at about 7pm Tuesday evening after a busy day - and it followed a busy weekend, with two callouts last Saturday - one of which included a complex rescue on steep ground.

    The voluntary organisation provides emergency cover 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on Mayo's hills and mountains.

    Up to 80% of call-outs annually are to Croagh Patrick.

  • A Westport Councillor will climb Croagh Patrick backwards tomorrow in aid of Mayo Mountain Rescue.

    Fianna Fail Cllr Brendan Mulroy is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for the voluntary organisation.

    Last autumn Cllr Mulroy said he would undertake the challenge if Mayo won the All-Ireland Senior Football Final.

    Mayo didn’t get the result but Cllr Mulroy decided it would be a unique fundraising idea.

    People can still donate to the challenge via Cllr Mulroy’s Facebook page or by calling him directly on 087-9820542.