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Tragic Everest climber did not know of daughter's birth

John Delaney, the Irishman who died while trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest last weekend, did not know that his wife had given birth to a little girl in the days before his death.

Clouds hover above the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
Clouds hover above the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
Image: Binod Joshi/AP/Press Association Images

THE WIFE OF the only Irishman to die on Mount Everest, John Delaney, had not told him he was the father to a little girl – who was born just three days before his death – as she wanted it to be a surprise.

Delaney, 41, died on Saturday while trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The Irish Times reports that he is understood to have collapsed less than 50 metres from the summit.

Delaney, from Kilcock, Co Kildare, was already father to two boys before his wife Orla gave birth to their third child last week, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The little girl is to be called Hope.

Meanwhile, it’s reported that his body will probably never be recovered from the summit because of dangers posed by the altitude, Newstalk reports.

The 41-year-old would have been the 19th Irish person to conquer Everest after the first Irishman to climb the mountain in 1993, Dawson Stelfox.

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