Thurles Great-Grandmother/Great-Grandson Team Climb Mount Brandon

o'meara M/s Chrissie O’Meara, Thurles, Co Tipperary together with her great-grandson, Master Josh Hackett, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary have become the first known great-grandmother/great-grandson team to climb Mount Brandon (Irish: Cnoc Bréanainn, meaning “Brendan’s hill”), latter a 952 m (3123 ft) high mountain on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

Photograph on left shows Chrissie O’Meara, Thurles with her great-grandson, Josh Hackett, Upperchurch, Thurles taken when accompanied to the summit by Ray Creaney and John G. O’Dwyer of Mid-Tipp Hill Walkers. (Click on image left for greater image magnification.)

In achieving this goal; they also raised €2,700 for the cancer charity “Suir Haven,” here in Thurles.

Latter are now preparing to climb Carrauntoohil together, in a bid to raise financial aid for visually impaired individuals and other charities, as part of the 19th Annual Kerry Challenge in Killarney, beginning March 27th to March 29th 2015.

This latter event, which is open to all comers, is based in the wonderfully scenic Castlerosse Hotel. On offer for this weekend is a choice of fully guided walks including: an ascent of Carrauntoohil for those climbing the mountain for the first time, a circuit of the Gap of Dungloe, an extremely scenic section of the Kerry Way and an easy nature walk in Killarney National Park, with environmental and heritage expert, Mr Jimmy Duggan.

The cost of attending this weekend event is €169.00 per person sharing and includes accommodation and breakfast on Friday and Saturday with gala dinner and entertainment on Saturday evening. The number of places available is limited, but an immediate deposit of €60 will secure your place. You may then raise your subscription through sponsorship, or by personal donation.

Further information is available from Mr Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Tel: 086 4009989 or by Email:

Details of the full programme of walks is now available & can be found at


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