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Irish climber dies on Everest - three days after wife gave birth

John Delaney, 41, hadn’t been told that his wife gave birth before he died on Saturday only 50 metres from the summit.
May 24th 2011, 12:41 PM 2,368 0

A KILDARE MAN has died close to the summit of Mount Everest, the first Irishman to die on the world’s tallest mountain – passing away just three days after his wife gave birth to their third child.

PA reports that John Delaney, 41 years old and originally from Kilkenny, died on Saturday but that his death was only confirmed today because his team had been out of contact.

He had already tried unsuccessfully to climb Everest in 2006 – the same year he had married his wife Orla, with whom he already had two sons.

The late climber’s brother-in-law told PA that Orla was planning to name their daughter Hope.

His body will not be removed from the mountain because it would be too dangerous for the rest of his party to try and transport it back to a base camp.

The party was separate to the one including Limerick 26-year-old Mark Quinn, who reached the summit on Sunday morning.

Read PA’s report on the tragedy at RTÉ >

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