The family of a man who died on Mayo's Mweelrea mountain earlier this month have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise funds for Mayo Mountain Rescue.

Kieran Halliwell from Manchester, a native of Renvyle in Connemara, was on holidays in the West of Ireland when he undertook a climb of Connacht's highest mountain on Monday 16th August.

He sent a selfie to family members from the summit of Mweelrea that afternoon, but the alarm was raised later that evening when he failed to return or answer his phone.

HIs body was found two days later following an extensive search that involved the Mayo and Galway Mountain Rescue Teams, Irish Coast Guard, Civil Defence, RNLI, Gardai and local volunteers as well as other mountain rescue teams from around the country.

Mr Halliwell worked as a teacher in Salford, Manchester and played football for Atherton Town FC.

His sister Bernadette Halliwell has described him as "a unique character, funny,talented, humble and football-mad".

She's inviting family and friends to make a donation to the heroes that found him, and says she and her family will be forever in their debt.

The initial target of raising €1,000 for Mayo Mountain Rescue has already been surpassed, with almost €3,000 currently pledged on the GoFundMe page -"Donations to Mayo Mountain Rescue".

 

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